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William Fernando Oviedo Rojas

COLOMBIA - Energy & Mining

William Fernando Oviedo Rojas

President, Alcanos de Colombian

Bio

William Fernando Oviedo Rojas has experience in general management positions in companies in the industrial oil and gas, iron and steel, and manufacturing sectors. During his professional career, he has developed great skills and experience in the formation of high-performance teams in marketing, sales, administration, finance, production and supply, leading the development of people and creating long-term relationships with clients.

"Alcanos serves the southern part of the country, and the expansion of gas was related to the growth around transportation systems, namely gas pipelines."
Alcanos reached the milestones of providing gas to more than 1 million people and expanding gas access in association with Ecopetrol. What do all these milestones mean for Alcanos?

Alcanos serves the southern part of the country, and the expansion of gas was related to the growth around transportation systems, namely gas pipelines. For many years, Alcanos focused on how to reach those areas that lack access to new gas pipelines services. It has been a great success in southern cities. Alcanos is located at the terminals of the system, in Huila. Looking at our coverage, Alcanos is in nine departments and 139 municipalities in the country, one of the largest networks in the country. With Ecopetrol and the social gas program, we have been developing resources that make our operations more technically and financially viable. We have an important role in serving those communities that do not have access to gas pipelines. To help those communities, we mix those sources of gas that can be connected to gas lines and those that cannot. We work with compressed natural gas and are evaluating the potential of micro-LNG projects, which we are piloting to measure financial viability. Whilst we are proud of our milestones, we are keen to reach the next milestone, namely connecting the other 1.8 million households in the country that do not have access to gas. The number of households is approximately 14 million. Today, we have provided gas access to close to 12 million, and we still have a pending coverage of the areas that today do not have access to the service.

What is the role of Alcanos and natural gas in the energy transition of Colombia?

The most important thing is to continue contributing to these clean energies. Natural gas is the protagonist in this energy transition process. Having areas that still cook with charcoal, gasoline, or firewood pose not only an environmental issue, but also a public health one. Natural gas is a way to improve quality of life as well as acts as a steppingstone in the green transition. That is where Alcanos contributes toward the transition. Today, there are approximately 37 million Colombians already using natural gas in their homes. The challenge is to reach 100% of the population and ensure that quality of life continues.

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