El Quimbo is a 400MW hydro power project. It is located on Magdalena river/basin in Huila, Colombia. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2010 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2015.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 400 400 Active Huila, Colombia Emgesa


The project was developed by Emgesa. Grupo Energia Bogota and Enel Americas are currently owning the project having ownership stake of 51.51% and 48.48% respectively.

El Quimbo is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 3,200 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 125m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 2 in number. The penstock length is 400.87m. The project generated 2,216 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $1,200m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2010 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2015.

Contractors Involved

GE Renewable Energy was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 2 units of francis turbines, each with 200MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 2 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 215 MVA.

About Emgesa

Emgesa SA ESP (Emgesa), a subsidiary of Grupo Energia Bogota SA ESP, is an energy utility company that generates, transmits and trades electricity and natural gas. The company produces power from coal, hydro, and oil and gas and procures energy from power generators and trading agents in the wholesale market. It owns and operates thermal stations and hydroelectric generation plants. It also offers consultation and auxiliary services for gas fuel trading activities. The company serves non-regulated industrial, wholesale and spot market clients along with retail clients in Colombia. It has a market presence in several countries around the world. Emgesa is headquartered in Bogota, Colombia.


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