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Siemens offers a wide range of solutions and services in Colombia, where its Energy, Healthcare, Industry and Infrastructure & Cities Sectors occupy leading positions. In fiscal 2013, Siemens in Colombia scored major successes in all four Sectors:
The Energy Sector is a competitive supplier of products, solutions and services for the generation, transmission and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion and transport of oil and gas in the country.
During 2013, Siemens strengthened its relationship with Ecopetrol, Colombia’s National Oil & Gas Company. The Oil & Gas Division implemented important projects with Sistema de Tratamiento de Agua Producida (STAP). The STAP 5 project complements the STAP 3 and 4 projects the Sector won in 2011. The projects aim at increasing the production of clean water while protecting the environment.
The Power Transmission Division was responsible for the engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning of the Purnio 115-kV substation for Empresas Públicas de Medellin (EPM), Colombia’s public utilities and service provider. The project aims to reduce power losses and ensure the reliability of service in the region.
The Energy Service Division also won an important long-term service contract with Termoflores, the second-largest power plant in Colombia. The plant has a capacity of 610 MW.
In Colombia, the Healthcare Sector continues to maintain significant market dominance in magnetic resonance imaging and its strong partnerships with customers like DIAC Ltda. (Diagnóstico de Imágenes de Alta Complejidad Ltda.), IMAT Oncomédica (Instituto Médico de Alta Tecnología Oncomédica S.A.), Escanografia Bocagrande (Escanografía Bocagrande Ltda.), and IDIMAG (IDIMAG Paramédicos S.A.)
In 2013, some Sector customers such as Cedimed, Hospital Pablo Tobón Uribe, Imbanaco and Las Americas combined forces to acquire a Siemens Cyclotron and establish “Ciclotron Colombia S.A.S.,” the first molecular lab in the western region of the country. This has enabling them to broaden their scope of services and attend to patients who formerly needed to travel to other cities to be diagnosed or treated. These customers also installed other Siemens systems such as a Biograph MCT 20 positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) imaging system in their own facilities.
In the in-vitro field, the Diagnostics Division signed long-term lab agreements with Diagnóstica Avanzada and Promedan, enabling them to optimize productivity and offer more affordable prices to customers without compromising on results.
The Industry Sector is one of the world’s leading suppliers of innovative, environmentally friendly products and solutions for industry customers operating in the country. The Sector won an important new order from Holcim, one of the world's leading suppliers of cement and aggregates, to update their process control system. This will enable them to not only stay competitive, but also to optimize productivity, improve plant availability and increase energy
efficiency over the long term. Siemens developed a new production line for Cementos Tequendama.
As demand increased in the country’s growing oil & gas sector, Siemens supplied its customer Occidental Petroleum (Oxy) with medium-voltage variable speed drives (VSD), making it the largest installed base in the world.
Power utilities and distribution network operators have to meet many needs in a country like Colombia, which is undergoing modernization. The Infrastructure & Cities Sector won an important contract with the Energy Company of Bogotá (EEB) to modernize nine of its substations: Guavio, Circo, Tunal, San Mateo, Paraiso, Guaca, Balsillas, Noroeste, and La Mesa.
Synergies between the Energy Automation and Services Business Units enabled the Sector to offer an optimal solution. Implementation of the project will be realized in record time, with only 96 hours required for migration per substation, a clear benefit for the customer.
Siemens contributed to the city of Bogotá by offering solutions for improving its traffic management, and the Sector won another contract for corrective and preventive maintenance of the city’s traffic light system.
Siemens also played an active role in the construction of the new El Dorado Airport in Bogotá by delivering a medium-voltage substation, including design, the supply of medium-voltage equipment, testing, installation and commissioning.