Ecuador and Colombia to develop geothermal energy

Colombia’s mining and energy minister, Mauricio Cardenas, and Ecuador’s electricity and renewable energy minister, Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla, said they would contribute equally to the $4 million study with the aim of jointly developing a gethermal energyfacility generating up to 150 MW.

The ministers said in a joint statement after meeting in the Colombian capital Bogota that the three volcanoes to be studied are Chiles, Tufino and Cerro Negro, located in the western Andes of the two nations’ common border. The study will be complete by the end of 2013, they said.