Prime Energía began operations in Colombia in 2019 through the acquisition of the Termoflores power plant which has an installed capacity of 610 megawatts and is located in the city of Barranquilla. Termoflores provides reliable back-up power in the predominantly hydroelectric Colombian power system and supports the national grid primarily during the dry season to ensure a secure supply of energy.
Prime Energía Colombia’s power plant is necessary to support the Colombian seasonality of supply due to the country’s hydrologic vulnerability. Our plant is indispensable to the operation and growth of non-conventional renewable power plants, which are intermittent in nature. Typically, our plant operates in cases of drought, emergencies, or transmission system constraints, thus providing critical support to the national electric grid when it is needed most. We are an integral part of the diverse matrix of energy suppliers providing secure and reliable energy to the population and industries in Colombia.
We have a highly experienced and committed team focused on the safety and care of its employees and the environment, and who are attentive to surrounding communities and stakeholders, ensuring sustainability and regulatory compliance supported by certifications in ISO 9001 and 14001.
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Installed Capacity: 610 MW
The power plant consist of two combined-cycle units, being among the top efficiency positions in the Colombian thermal sector:
- Flores I: Combined cycle, consisting of a Siemens W501D5 combustion turbine and a Mitsubishi steam turbine with a total capacity of 160 MW.
- Flores IV: Combined cycle consisting of two gas turbines, a Siemens W501D5 and a W501FC gas turbine, plus a Siemens SST700 / 900 steam turbine, which together have a maximum capacity of 450MW.
Mr. Murphy has more than 17 years of experience in law, engineering, infrastructure investment, asset management and project development. He also serves as President and General Counsel of parent company EnfraGen. Prior to his leadership position, Mr. Murphy was an attorney at Vinson & Elkins LLP, representing clients in the financing, acquisition and development of energy and infrastructure projects in the Americas. Early in his career, Mr. Murphy worked as an engineer, including as an independent engineer advising on power asset transactions. Mr. Murphy has a B.S. in mechanical engineering, a M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin.
Ms. Mejia joined Prime Energía Colombia in 2019 and has over 20 years of energy sector experience in the US and Latin America. Patricia served in several executive business development and regulatory roles in Colombia and the US for AES Corporation. Prior to AES, she worked for Colombian energy entities such as the Empresa de Energía de Cundinamarca and the National Hydrocarbons Agency. She has strong fundamental market modeling and regulatory expertise through prior consulting jobs.
Mr. Restrepo joined Prime Energia Colombia in 2020 and has more than 10 years of experience in corporate finance across the infrastructure and retail sectors. Before joining Prime Energía Colombia, Eduardo served as Chief Financial Officer at Pacific Infrastructure where he led the development of two midstream projects with investments of US $800 MM in the Colombian Caribbean coast. Eduardo also worked as financial planning director for Pacific Infrastructure and as financial planning and treasury manager for Carrefour Colombia. He holds a B.A in industrial Engineering from the University of Los Andes and an MBA from ESCP Europe.
Lina M. Montoya
Ms. Montoya joined the Company in 2020 and has over 18 years of experience in corporate legal, 13 of which are in the energy sector. Prior to Prime Energía Colombia, Lina participated in several power and gas project developments and legal transactions and served as General Secretary for several boards. She has also worked in the industrial and medicinal gas sector for a Colombian subsidiary of a Fortune 500 company.
Jose Rafael Serje
Termoflores Plant Manager
Mr. Serje has over 17 years of energy sector experience having held various roles in the operation and maintenance areas of the Termoflores Power Plant since 2003. Prior to his current role, Jose was the Maintenance Manager of thermal power plants for Celsia in Colombia and Panama. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master in Business Administration and Postgraduate in Industrial Plant Management.
A strong social commitment to the community
Prime Energía Colombia recognizes the importance of being part of the community. It develops and implements participative and proactive programs based on respect for human rights and cultural diversity to establish mutually beneficial relationships that contribute to the comprehensive development of the surrounding communities and the sustainability of the business.
The company also recognizes the importance of environmental conservation and the responsible use of natural resources. It is committed to implementing good practices in the efficient and sustainable use of environmental components: preventing pollution, controlling environmental impacts, evaluating and managing risks and opportunities, and complying with environmental legislation, all of the above under a framework of continuous improvement.