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The company effigas confirmed this Monday, May 22, that the provision of gas service in the departments of the Eje Cafetero was suspended: Risaralda, Caldas and Quindiodue to the contingency that has been registered since Saturday, May 20 in the Mariquita-Cali gas pipeline, due to the volcanic activity that is registered at the point of Cerro Bravo.
The decision was given after the hydrocarbon reserves to meet the demand of this region of the country, after the suspension of gas transportation due to overheating of said section, with temperatures exceeding 600 degrees Celsius.
“Regarding the event of force majeure declared by the International Gas Transporter (TGI), Efigas reports that since almost all of the gas that was stored in the transportation and distribution systems has already been consumed,” the company said.
Only in Pereira, a total of 162,380 users were left without gas supply, when the service was interrupted at 2:50 pm. While, in the neighboring municipality of Dosquebradas, which is part of the metropolitan area, 86,245 households were also affected by this situation in the neighboring municipality of Dosquebradas.
“There is no specific time of absence, since we chose to let the energy pressure reach its minimum level and allow our users to take full advantage of the benefits of the service. We appreciate your understanding, ”Efigas highlighted in his decision.
- Caldas: Manizales, Chinchiná, Villamaría, Neira, Palestina, Anserma, Riosucio, Supía, Viterbo, Belalcázar, Risaralda and San José
- Risaralda: Pereira, Dosquebradas, Balboa, La Celia, La Virginia, Marseille, Santa Rosa, Belén de Umbría, Sanctuary, Quinchía, Apía and Guática.
- Quindio: Armenia, Circasia, La Tebaida, Montenegro, Quimbaya, Calarcá, Filandia and Salento.
In total, 32 populations of the Coffee Axis and 675,200 homes and establishments were affected by the suspension. Faced with this situation, the TGI informed that they will be nine days of work in the laying of a line in flexible tubing, with which it is hoped to overcome the emergency.
“It is a priority to ensure protection conditions for a valuable infrastructure for Colombiawhich allows TGI to carry out its purpose of improving lives with sustainable and competitive energy”, reported this firm, which is part of the Bogota Energy Group.
Similarly, in the Cauca’s Valley and the north of Cauca the company gases from the west sold out its reserves since Sunday, May 21, so that nearly 1,300,000 users were affected by this novelty. Homes and commercial establishments have had to resort to propane gas cylinders and other energy sources to solve this emergency.
“There will be a restriction on the natural gas service in the southwestern part of the country in the coming days, I would like to inform you that since we were notified by TGI about the affectation of the Mariquita-Cali gas pipeline, gases from the west It has advanced contingent actions such as the suspension of non-essential demand”, confirmed Néstor Carlos Consuegra, technical manager of the entity.
Through his Twitter account, and with a short sentence, after citing a media outlet, the president Gustavo Petro spoke on this crisis that affects the Colombian southwest. However, his words were limited to reporting what is happening with the supply, in charge of the TGI.
“The suspension of gas in the coffee zone is due to a TGI preventive measure. There are high volcanic temperatures and methane gas emission at a point near the passage of the pipeline in Caldas”, commented the head of state.