CELEC EP - Ecuador
Geothermal Projects Specialist
Matilde Urquizo currently serves as Project Specialist at the Projects Division Ecuador’s Electric Corporation (known by its Spanish acronym CELEC EP). She has worked on geothermal projects since 2011. As team leader, she is charged with planning and managing all geothermal development in Ecuador within the branch CELEC EP Termopichincha. Her experience involves the building of human and infrastructure capabilities and managing surface exploration in Chacana, Chalpatan, Tufino-Chiles, Cerro Negro, and Baños de Cuenca. Under her tenure, Ecuador finally achieved the first geothermal drilling in late 2017 in Chachimbiro Project, with help of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). She is a trained electrical engineer from the Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral and has a master’s degree in renewable energy from the University of Zaragoza. Currently, she is a postgraduate trainee of the competitive Geothermal Training Program of the United Nations University in Iceland aimed at assisting developing countries in capacity building within geothermal exploration and development.