Colombian authorities have been pushing the construction of new hydroelectric and thermoelectric facilities as part of an effort to avert a potential energy crisis in the South American country, El Tiempo newspaper reports.

Some of them are already in operation, such as Amaime hydropower plant, which has a capacity of 20 MW, and Flores thermoelectric plant, which comprises two combined-cycle units – Flores II and III – and has a total capacity of 610 MW.

There are plans for further plants that could bring an extra capacity of over 100 MW to the country, it has been reported.

“This new infrastructure will not only help us cope with our growing energy needs but it will allow us to export some of it too,” said Oscar Ivan Zuluaga Serna, manager of Empresa de Energia del Pacifico SA (EPSA), Colombia’s major power utility.

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