- El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant is an energy generating plant owned by Emgesa, located south of the department of Huila. It uses the waters of the Suaza and Magdalena rivers, has an installed capacity of 400 MW and an average generation of 2,216 Gwh/year, which provides about 4% of the Colombian energy demand.
- El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant has a single purpose reservoir of 8,250 hectares and its municipalities of influence are: Gigante, El Agrado, Garzón, Tesalia, Paicol and Altamira. The construction of its works began in 2010 and its operation began in November 2015. The construction investment was USD $ 1,231 million and together with Betania it constitutes a generation chain on the Magdalena River.
- The main benefits of El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant for the country are to guarantee the reliability of the energy supply, increase the energy security and stability of the Colombian electricity system and contribute significantly to the Nation's energy self-sufficiency.
- Informative meetings held in the municipalities of Gigante, Garzón and Agrado.
- Environmental Public Hearing held in the municipality of Gigante.
- Environmental Licensing Award to El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- Reconsideration appeals filed by Emgesa, Fundación el Curibano and Alexander López Quiroz against decision by which the License was granted.
- Presentation of the first ICA Environmental Compliance Report by Emgesa.
- Request for modification of article 9 of the Environmental License by Emgesa.
- Issue of decision by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development, accepting License modifications.
- Work started.
- After learning the Preventive Measures requested by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development and the CAM for the temporary and immediate suspension of some specific activities, the Company accepts the indication for said specific activities. These measures in no case meant the total suspension of El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- After an extensive professional career and with great experience in social and community work, Camilo Castrillón Quintero, as of the date joins the Emgesa team as the new Head of Resettlement and Economic Activities for El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- Community of La Escalereta signs collective resettlement agreement with Emgesa. About 1,100 hectares of the Llanos de la Virgen area in the municipality of Altamira, make up the resettlement area for the village of La Escalereta in the municipality of El Agrado.
- The community of Domingo Arias of the municipality of Paicol, made up of 9 families, was resettled in its entirety. Those who accepted the individual resettlement, in this case 6 families owning a plot of less than 5 hectares, received a plot of 5 hectares and a house, in addition 3 families owning properties larger than 5 hectares, were economically compensated.
- With over 20 years of professional experience in the energy sector, engineer José Antonio Sarmiento joins the Emgesa team as Technical and Deputy Director of El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- In a strategic alliance with the Comptroller General of the Republic and the School of Public Administration, ESAP, Emgesa led the Basic Participatory Control Course, which aimed to promote methodologies, mechanisms and procedures for citizen participation to monitor public management in the municipalities of the area of direct influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- After some follow-up field visits by officials of the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development and the Corporación Autónoma del Alto Magdalena, CAM, where it was possible to confirm compliance with the preventive measures and the corrective actions implemented by Emgesa, the Ministry of the Environment through Decision 1826 lifted said measures issued in the month of June (Decisions 1096 and 1349) by said entities.
- The nearly 35 families, 18 with housing and 17 without housing, residents of the Balseadero area in the municipality of Garzón, signed the collective resettlement agreement proposed by Emgesa, as a compensation measure for the construction of El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- A fortuitous archaeological finding was identified on the right bank of the Magdalena River, where the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant is built. Emgesa reported this finding to the Colombian Institute of Anthropology and History, ICANH, in accordance with the provisions of the Law. Once detected the presence of fragments of vessels in the area known as deposit zone No. 3, the immediate suspension of the construction works was ordered. Likewise, an area of 100 square meters was demarcated in order to avoid ground movement.
- Endesa Group companies in Colombia, Emgesa and Codensa, support and present "The World of Art in San Agustín", a book by Efraín Sánchez edited by Villegas Editores, in which through its 240 pages tribute is paid to the historical and archaeological wealth of the department of Huila.
- In the context of the fulfillment of the commitments acquired in the Consultation Tables of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant, Emgesa promoted the construction of 350 homes that benefit the same number households in Garzón.
- Emgesa officially delivered the "virtual physics and chemistry laboratory, using tools available on the web with a constructivist approach", to the municipality of El Agrado.
- Before the community of the municipality of Altamira and with the participation of the Local Administration, Emgesa delivered the garbage collection car and the virtual laboratory, as part of the fulfillment of the commitments acquired in the Consultation Tables.
- Emgesa presented to the Garzón and El Agrado community the design for the viaduct, a mega-work that will replace the old Balseadero bridge, and that will guarantee communication between these two localities that are part of the area of direct influence of El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant, strengthening the economic and tourist development of the region.
- Assignment of plots for resettlement of communities of La Escalereta and Balseadero. Distribution of plots for development of productive activities carried out to the beneficiaries of the Balseadero and La Escalereta Resettlement Program.
- With an initial group of two hundred people engaged in different economic activities such as miners, drafters, agricultural workers, fishermen, transporters, among others, an agreement was signed with Emgesa, accepting the compensation measure for the Non-Resident population, which will allow the restoration of their employment activity.
- Within the execution of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant, on March 3, the Magdalena River deviation maneuver was carried out, after the hydrological conditions of the tributary were required to guarantee a safe activity.
- As part of the works that were carried out to divert the Magdalena River, the construction of the pre-atage or closure wall (containment) culminated, which will allow diverting the entire flow of the Magdalena River through the diversion tunnel and drying a section of almost 500 meters from the natural bed of the tributary, to advance works referring to the main wall called "presa&rdquo".
- Positive results of the first phase of the contingent fish rescue program. During the deviation of the Magdalena River, permanent monitoring and follow-up of fish behavior was carried out throughout the tunnel.
- More than 700 people, including fishermen, agricultural workers, sand transporters, and paleros mainly, benefit from the compensation measure proposed by Emgesa for the Non-Resident population in the area of direct influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- Less than two months after signing the compensation agreement for the Non-Resident population of the Direct Influence Area of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant, about 650 people, including fishermen, miners, paleros, agricultural workers and transporters, began the training process that will allow them to access seed capital.
- In the middle of March 2012, there were floods of the Magdalena River that generated an increase in flows of more than 400 m3/s (cubic meters per second) exceeding the diversion channel, which caused an unforeseen environmental effect on the fish fauna.
- Before environmental and control authorities, Emgesa carried out the socialization of the advances obtained during the first half of the implementation of the Fish and Fisheries Program.
- Emgesa ofivered water pumping equipment in Altamira. With 20 million pesos in trust funds, the tank car was ofivered to overcome the water shortages that affect the communities of the municipality of Altamira during the summer.
- Once the conditions of the Magdalena river level were optimal, Emgesa managed to mobilize a new 50-ton ferry towards the Paso el Colegio bridge area.
- The 50-ton ferry begins operating for free from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. seven days a week at Paso El Colegio Bridge, to support the mobility of communities in western Huila.
- Nearly 1.000 people have accepted the compensation measure for the Non-Resident population and more than 870 have already begun training at the School for Sustainable Development, in agreement with SENA, which will allow them to access seed capital to implement their productive projects.
- As planned and in compliance with the provisions of the Environmental License, six weather stations installed by Emgesa began operating in the areas of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- Emgesa participated in the follow-up tables to the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant, divided into four themes of interest to the communities: social, environmental, infrastructure and agricultural. These tables were the propitious stage to listen to the voices of the community, who expressed concerns regarding the construction of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant, compensations, progress, among other issues.
- The forest inventory that revealed the number of species, wood volume and biomass present in the reservoir of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant was concluded.
- The results of the Preventive Archeology Program developed by Emgesa with the support of the National University were shared before the Local Administrations and communities of El Agrado, Garzón, Gigante, Paicol and Tesalia, municipalities in the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- The ecological study of flora and fauna and the rescue plan in the reservoir of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant is in progress.
- In order to carry out inspection tasks to help control the illegal traffic of flora and fauna in the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant, Emgesa had three control posts with the support of Special Energy Battalion # 12 and environmental inspectors.
- With an investment of $ 123 million pesos, Emgesa completed the construction of the aqueduct system that benefits 185 homes in the Madres Cabeza Hogar estate in the municipality of Gigante. The initiative was managed with resources from Trust constituted by the Company as part of the fulfillment of the commitments acquired in the Roundtables for the construction of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant.
- Progress is being made in the feasibility study of the ports that will be built and enabled in the future reservoir of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant, which will serve as a means of transporting vehicles, milk and/or other products.
- Emgesa will develop a reproductive biology project and conduct artificial propagation tests for the Pataló as an important measure for the conservation of this fish species from the Magdalena River.
- Ofivery of the Resettlement Program moof house, built in the municipality of Garzón, which aims for communities in the area of direct influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant to know the dimensions and characteristics of the homes in real scale that will be built in their new settlement sites.
- In order to contribute to the safety of pedestrians transiting the Paso El Colegio bridge, Emgesa put into operation the temporary lighting of this structure, with an investment of over $ 55 million pesos.
- After the follow-up tables that were held in August to hear the voice of the community and find options for improvement together, a petition emerged regarding the adjustment of the employment policy at the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant. To fulfill this commitment, Emgesa has made the adjustments requested directly by the communities and their leaders.
- Emgesa shared the results of the first semester of execution of the Ecological Study of Wild Flora and Fauna in the restoration areas of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant before environmental authorities and mayors of the area of influence.
- Nearly 900 non-residents working in the El Quimbo area of influence graduated from the training they received through the School for Sustainable Development, an initiative promoted by Emgesa in partnership with the Huila Regional Sena for the population groups to undertake sustainable productive projects that allow them to restore their economic activity due to the construction of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- The mobile office will visit all the municipalities in the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant, providing attention to the communities. Through this mobile office, attention will be provided to the communities by reaching the population in the municipalities of the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- This civil work was executed with fiduciary resources constituted by the Company to support local development projects. The pedestrian path is another example of Emgesa's compliance within the commitments made in the Consultation Tables of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Plant.
- Upon the discovery, the activities that were being executed were immediately suspended, the area was demarcated and isolated. Emgesa has a Preventive Archeology Program and an Archaeological Management Plan in order to protect the cultural heritage.
- The residents of Balseadero will be able to advance their agricultural activities in the properties of Santiago and Palacios while Emgesa executes the infrastructure works. The properties have an extension of 5 hectares and 100 square-meters housing for those who had it.
- The Endesa Colombia Foundation supported the admission to higher education of 12 young people from Huila living in five municipalities in the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant and the Betania hydroelectric plant. They will study Technology in Agroindustrial Processes and Technology in Agribusiness Management at the Jesús Oviedo Pérez Technological School of Neiva.
- This study will establish the best methodology to safeguard the flora and fauna during the adaptation of the El Quimbo reservoir.
- So far in this program, nearly 1,200 people have received seed capital and more than COP$ 36,000 million have been disbursed to this population for the development of their sustainable productive projects.
- This book documents the valuable field work carried out by expert archaeologists in the area of influence of the El Quimbo Hydroelectric Power Plant during the Preventive Archeology Program. The development of this program, which has the support of the National University, is a scientific contribution to the cultural heritage of the Department of Huila.