Wärtsilä celebrates 30 years of building trust through its continued presence and performance in Colombia

Wärtsilä Corporation, News 11 September 2023 at 15:00 UTC+2
  • From left to right: Gonzalo Granda, Business Development Manager and Managing Director for Wärtsilä Colombia; Risto Paldanius, Vice President, Wärtsilä Americas; Óscar Jiménez, Energy Business Directo

Technology group Wärtsilä is currently celebrating 30 years of operations in the Colombian market. During these years, the company has delivered 500 MW of installed capacity to utilities, industrial consumers and mining operations. An anniversary event is being held in Bogotá in September to mark this milestone of continuous support for the Colombian energy market.

“This anniversary above all speaks to our commitment to the Colombian market, and to our support in providing reliable energy for a growing economy. It recognises three decades of mutual trust, collaboration, and shared vision,” said Risto Paldanius, Vice President, Americas at Wärtsilä Energy.

“As we reflect on our past relationships, we are at the same time even more enthusiastic regarding the future, a future where Wärtsilä continues to lead the way in delivering innovative, reliable, and sustainable solutions that will help Colombia achieve its decarbonisation goals.”

The operational flexibility, and fast-starting characteristics of Wärtsilä’s combustion engines provide effective grid-balancing capabilities to compensate for fluctuations in the supply from solar and wind.

According to the 2050 Energy Plan published by the Mining and Energy Planning Unit, it is expected that 25% of the energy matrix will come from non-conventional sources of renewable energy. This will contribute to meeting Colombia’s climate goals and achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. It has been projected that by 2023 Colombia will have more than 4,500 MW of installed capacity in non-conventional renewable energy sources.

Notable among Wärtsilä’s deliveries to Colombia is the 200 MW flexible baseload power plant in Córdoba Province. It is owned by Termotesorito, a joint-venture enterprise between private utility company Celsia, the independent power producer Proeléctrica, and the natural gas provider Canacol. The plant operates with eleven Wärtsilä 50 SG gas engines, and provides the system with critical grid-balancing capability.

Media contacts for more information on this news:

Roberto Velázquez
Marketing & Communications Manager Americas
Wärtsilä Energy
Mob: +52 1 56 2567 0920

Katri Pehkonen
Communications Manager
Wärtsilä Energy
Mob: +358 50 591 6180

Image caption: From left to right: Gonzalo Granda, Business Development Manager and Managing Director for Wärtsilä Colombia; Risto Paldanius, Vice President, Wärtsilä Americas; Óscar Jiménez, Energy Business Director, Wärtsilä Americas Central Region; Octavio Rocha, General Manager, Business Development, Wärtsilä Americas Central Region. © Wärtsilä Corporation

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Wärtsilä Energy in brief
Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our partners to accelerate their decarbonisation journeys through our market-leading technologies and power system modelling expertise. These cover decarbonisation services, future-fuel enabled balancing power plants, hybrid solutions, energy storage and optimisation technology, including the GEMS Digital Energy Platform. Wärtsilä Energy’s lifecycle services are designed to increase efficiency, promote reliability and guarantee operational performance. Our track record comprises 76 GW of power plant capacity and 110 energy storage systems delivered to 180 countries around the world.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in innovative technologies and lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. We emphasise innovation in sustainable technology and services to help our customers continuously improve their environmental and economic performance. Our dedicated and passionate team of 17,500 professionals in more than 240 locations in 79 countries shape the decarbonisation transformation of our industries across the globe. In 2022, Wärtsilä’s net sales totalled EUR 5.8 billion. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.