Wartsila Power Plant for National Grid in Colombia
Wartsila’s 200 MW flexible baseload power plant project in Cordoba Province in Colombia proceeds despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic
Wartsila’s 200 MW flexible baseload power plant project in Cordoba Province in Colombia proceeds despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The engineering, procurement and construction contract was placed in June 2020 by Termotesorito, a joint-venture enterprise between private utility companies Celsia and Proelectrica, and the natural gas provider Canacol. The order is valued at approximately EUR 100 million. For contractual reasons Wärtsilä announced the sale earlier with limited information in a press release in July 2020.The El Tesorito plant will operate with eleven Wärtsilä 50SG engines fuelled by natural gas from nearby gas wells. When operational, the flexibility of the fast-starting Wärtsilä solution will provide critical grid balancing capability as Colombia incorporates increasing levels of intermittent energy from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. It will also provide back-up power for the system in case of shortage.
Engineering of the power plant is completed. All engines and generators have been tested at the factory and are ready for delivery, and auxiliary equipment are being manufactured. The construction project is scheduled to commence in April 2021.
The project will provide welcome economic activity in the plant’s rural location. It will also provide permanent employment for the operation and maintenance teams. The plant will comply with the strictest environmental regulations.
Celsia operates power plants in Colombia, Panama, Costa Rica and Honduras with a combined capacity of 1.8 GW. This new facility will bring the total to 2.0 GW.