Guillermo Marquez has a goal of enhancing the firm’s energy projects in Colombia and expanding in Peru and Chile.
Marquez, energy director in the Bogotá, Colombia office, is responsible for leading the firm’s energy business in Latin America. In the coming year, he would like to see the business expand into new markets where energy growth is needed.
“I’m responsible for the penetration and growth of the energy industry in Latin America, which includes generation, transmission and distribution,” Marquez said.
Many of the firm’s key projects in the region are related to project management of transmission projects for new power utilities in Colombia.
“Our target for this year in Colombia is to penetrate the generation market, enhance our participation in transmission services, and hold on to our distribution market,” he said. We are looking to penetrate the energy markets in Peru and Chile, too.”
Recently completed projects include the Sogamoso Norte – Tequendama 500kV transmission line of the Energy Company of Bogotá, which involved the design and environmental assessment of 240 miles of transmission lines in Colombia. This project is part of the expansion plan for the national interconnected system intended to meet the growth in demand of the country.
Marquez is an electrical engineer with a bachelor's degree from the Universidad de Los Andes and a master's degree from the Instituto Politecnico de Madrid. He is a member of CIGRE.
“Before joining WSP, I worked at ISA Group, one of the most important transmission companies in Latin America,” he said. “I was responsible for the internationalization of ISA in Central America, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil, working on green field and brown field transactions.” After that he served as the head of transmission energy and highway projects for Latin America.
“I was very impressed with the multiculturalism, the collaborative networks, and the very extensive knowledge accumulated in the collaboration of WSP,” Marquez said of his decision to join the firm in October 2015.
Marquez is the director of two energy and power projects currently under way in Latin America.
WSP is providing supervision services for the first phase of the Carapongo substation and associated transmission lines in eastern Peru. Carapongo substation on behalf of the client, Interconexión Eléctrica (ISA). The firm is responsible for engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning on the project. The main function of the new ISA substation will be to receive and distribute energy from Mantaro Hydropower in the center of the country.
In August, the firm also began providing design services for Gas Natural Fenosa in Panama, for the development, protection and redesign for the medium voltage and low voltage network in the West Panama provinces of Coclé, Veraguas, Herrera and Los Santos. The project consists of field survey works for the technical information of the existing electrical networks to meet customer requirements.
Marquez said one of the biggest challenges for the firm is identifying problems that a client faces, and then meeting or exceeding expectations in terms of deadline and quality.
“As a group, WSP is well-positioned to meet the changing needs of our energy clients,” he said. “We need to continue developing our strengths in Latin America to provide solutions to the challenges that our clients face today, which include environmental and social constraints in the region.
“Rising to those challenges and helping clients reach their goals through the use of innovative solutions remains one of the most exciting aspects of my job.”
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