Colombia delays first offshore wind licensing round

Colombia’s first bidding round to license permits for the development of offshore wind farms has been delayed with no new date in sight.

The Colombian Ministry of Mines and Energy said earlier this week that it was still working with the country’s Maritime Directorate and the National Hydrocarbons Agency on finalising the tender documents for the bidding round.

According to the Ministry, around 90% of the tender documents were created during the first half of the year.

“The government’s decision to advance in the exploration of renewable energies was strengthened with the support of the international cooperation of the World Bank and the Danish Energy Agency,” the ministry added.

Even though most of the tender documents are already prepared, the work was not completed by the August target set by former minister Irene Velez. This meant that the date for the licensing round was pushed back but with no definitive date for when the tender documents would be ready or when the bidding round would occur.

A possible spanner in the works could have been the resignation of Velez in July who stepped down following influence-peddling allegations and the arrival of Andres Camacho as the new minister in August.

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