Enel Colombia begins clearing work on Calle Primera to make way for the metro


  • The Office of the Mayor of Bogotá, through Empresa Metro de Bogotá SA, leads the construction of the first metro line. To do this, the public service networks that disturb the route of the viaduct are moved upstream.
  • In the case of Enel, these are so-called high-voltage lines or infrastructures, which correspond to 7 crossings. At Junction No. 4, located in the city of Antonio Nariño, the new First Avenue substation is being built, which will replace the existing one, to make way for the city’s metro.
  • Parallel to this construction, it will be necessary to dismantle the existing substation. For this, the customers currently connected to it will be redistributed to other substations in the center of Bogotá, guaranteeing the continuity of energy supply.

Bogotá, September 14, 2022 – In an articulated way with the Bogotá Metro Company (EMB), and thanks to continuous work and a team of more than 100 people between direct and indirect professionals, and an operational force of crew members, linemen, assistants and agents of Civil Engineering, Enel Colombia will begin work to dismantle the current Calle Primera electrical substation, to make way for the city’s metro, clear the corridor of its viaduct, facilitate its work and guarantee respect for the distances between the power lines and the new transport system, which will transform mobility.

For these works, customers currently connected to the existing Calle Primera substation will be redistributed, for a period of two to three months, to other substations in the center of Bogotá, guaranteeing the continuity of energy supply, while that the new substation comes into operation. “We have carried out the necessary and respective coordination so that this work takes place without problems, minimizing its impact, both on the energy service and on the safety of people”assured Francesco Bertoli, director of Enel Grids Colombia.

“Enel is advancing on two work fronts for the transfer of high voltage networks, the first on the 74 F Sur transversal and the second on Calle 1 with Carrera 14 (substation on Calle 1) of seven in charge, through a specific agreement with the Bogotá Metro Company, with an execution progress of 63% and an investment of more than 60 billion dollars”, explained Priscila Sánchez, director in charge of the Bogotá Metro Company.

For its part, parallel to this release, the construction of the new Avenida Primera substation will continue, which will have two power transformers of 40 million volt-amperes (MVA) each, to complete a total capacity of 80 MVA, which is equivalent to the energy demand of approximately 157,000 people. Likewise, progress will be made with the construction of its underground transmission line, which will connect it to the existing San José and Concordia substations.

The technology of this new substation will be GIS-encapsulated, which means that the main operating equipment is located inside the control rooms and is not visible to the public, achieving an improvement in harmonization. of the landscape in its area of ​​influence. In addition, as part of this project, work is also underway on 16 medium voltage circuits, which are responsible for distributing energy to the various neighborhoods and sectors in the center of the country’s capital.

The new Avenida Primea substation will be fully automated and remotely controlled, which will allow Enel Colombia’s operation to have a better response in the event of an emergency. For its part, its automation systems, as well as its electrical equipment, will be at the cutting edge of technology and will meet the highest international and national standards.

“At Enel, we are allies in the development of this type of works and projects, which bring progress and well-being to the city and its inhabitants, such as the Bogotá metro. For this reason, we reaffirm our commitment to the city-region, making available our human capital, our technology and our resources, in order to minimize the impact that the development of the works required, and which represent a better quality of life for our citizens, Bertoli assured.

ABOUT ENEL COLOMBIA

In the is a multinational electricity company and a leading integrated player in the global energy and renewable energy markets. It is the largest European company by ordinary EBITDA and is present in more than 30 countries, producing energy with some 90 GW of installed capacity. Enel distributes electricity through a network of over 2.2 million kilometers and, with around 75 million electricity grid customers, is the world’s leading grid operator.1.

Enel Colombia it is present in the entire chain of electrical energy and its net worth exceeds 30 billion pesos. In terms of production, it has 14 power plants with a total installed capacity of 3,503 MW, in addition to 5 renewable energy projects under construction, through its commercial line Enel Green Power, which provide an additional 1,097 MW. On the marketing and distribution markets, it serves nearly 3.7 million residential, tertiary, industrial and administrative customers, thanks to an installed capacity of 11,620 MVA on a network of 74,803 kilometers. From its Enel X business line, it offers services to accelerate innovation and promote energy transition and electrification with solutions for cities, industries and homes.

On the other hand, the Company has power generation assets in Panama, Costa Rica and Guatemala, which add an additional 606 MW of installed capacity and 70 MW under construction.

ABOUT BOGOTÁ METRO

Empresa Metro de Bogotá SA, responsible for the execution of the First Line of the Bogotá Metro, is a partnership between public entities subject to the contractual regime applicable to state industrial and commercial companies, attached to the mobility sector.

The anticipated transfer of the main networks is in charge of the Bogotá Metro Company, which has entered into agreements with public service companies (ESP), to advance the studies, designs and works of 117 main public service networks, such such as gas pipelines, energy, telephone and Internet networks and sewer and aqueduct pipelines, which interfere with the construction works of the first line of the Bogotá metro (PLMB).

The investments for the network transfer works, as well as the associated administrative and operational costs, are provided by the Bogotá Metro Company, in which we have already committed more than 320,000 million for the benefit of the quality of life of the communities and the mobility in Bogotá.

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