Colombia Energy Articles & Analysis

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How is the ANM applying mining regulations?

In Colombia, like its neighbours Brazil and Peru, the use of hydroelectric power as the primary source of electricity has been a crucial aspect in expanding supply capacities to meet rising demand over the past half century. Indeed, in 2012 Colombia derived 68% of its 14,420-MW supply capacity from its vast network of rivers and streams, according...

One of the more difficult challenges the mining sector faces is the incorporation of informal operations into the formal sector and the elimination of illegal operations. Differentiating between the two can be a challenge in itself. Illegal and informal mining activities are reckoned to account for 9044 mines out of a total of nearly 15,000,...

In recent years rising oil prices and global warming have driven the development of alternative fuel sources as nations look to secure their energy futures while reducing carbon footprints. While Colombia is a serial user of “clean”, renewable energy through its reliance on hydroelectricity, it is also a growing producer of biofuels such as ethanol...

Chapter | Mining from The Report: Colombia 2013

The past decade has seen something of a reawakening for the mining industry, as improved security and political support have resulted in increased investment and mineral production. While still a relatively small percentage of the wider economy, revenues from mining exports have risen dramatically over the past decade. Mining activities expanded 6.3% in 2012, largely thanks to the 19% expansion...

Chapter | Energy & Utilities from The Report: Colombia 2013

The energy sector reached a milestone in 2012 as crude oil production surpassed 1m barrels per day. Colombia’s current generation capacity of 14,420 MW is supplied primarily by hydroelectric power, which accounts for just over two-thirds of the total, with the remainder coming primarily from natural gas- and coal-fired thermoelectric plants. Since 2008 natural gas production has seen private...