Colombia is experiencing a growing demand for energy and needs to increase its electricity production. The government plans to address this by constructing more coal-fired power plants.

Colombia is Latin America’s biggest coal producer so there will be no concerns over the supply of fuel for the power plants.

Portafolio, a daily newspaper, reported that five new coal-fired plants are expected to be operational by 2013.

They are Termocol, Termonorte, Termotasajero, Gacelca 3.2 and Gacelca 3, and have a combined capacity of 850 MW.

Colombia will require an additional 1900 MW of capacity by 2018 to meet the growing demand, according to a government’s projections.

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