Energy system is shielded if it does not enter to operate hydroituango: Andeg

The hydroituango project is vital for the country’s energy system, but if it does not start operating next year, there will be support in terms of power generation through thermal power plants, said the president of the National Association of Generating Companies (ANDEG), Alejandro Castañeda.

He assured that for the years 2023 and 2024, plan B is the thermal ones with the expansion of the Termoyopal and Termovalle plants and next year two new projects will come into operation that are “little treasure” with a capacity of 200 megawatts and the closing of the cycle of thermocandelaria with 250 new megawatts.

According to the union leader, if Hidroituango does not come into operation next year, the gap would begin to be felt in the years 2024 and 2025, which will imply that it is necessary to call a new auction for reliability to increase the generation and achieve spend those years that would be the most critical.

He flatly ruled out that increasing energy production with gas could impact energy rates. The statement was made at the Naturgas congress that takes place in the city of Cartagena.

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