Empresa de Energia del Pacifico SA (EPSA) has commenced to operate both turbine-generator units at the 55-MW Cucuana hydroelectric facility located in Tolima department, Colombia.
Construction work began in March 2011, the first unit began operating in August and the second unit in November 2015. Mincivil was awarded the construction contract, while Andritz Hydro won the design and management contract.
The power plant obtains water at 2,170 m above sea level in the Cucuana river with a mean flow of 7.0 m3 /s, and at 2,179.5 m above sea level in San Marcos river with a mean flow of 2.7 m3 /s. It has capacity to generate 250 million kWh of electricity annually. The project also involves improvements on local roads and schools and reforestation works.
The total project investment is estimated at P$345 billion (US$112 million). In December 2010 that Epsa closes a P$169 billion pesos (US$87.8 million) loan from local financial institution Banco de Occidente to develop the project.
The project aims to improve the efficiency of the electricity system in general; increasing the electricity service in the department of Tolima, while contributing to the sustainable development of the region.