Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in Nicaragua
CENSA-1
Location: Leon
Operator: Corp Electrica Nicaraguense SA (CENSA)
Configuration: 9 X 4-MW 3616 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 1997
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
EPC: USA Power & Light, NIMAC

Photograph courtesy of Caterpillar
Posted 2 Nov 2002

Corinto Barge
Location: Chinandega
Operator: Empresa Energetica Corinto Ltd
Configuration: 4 X 17.6-MW 18V48/60 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 1999
E/G supplier: MAN B&W, Siemens
EPC: NEPCO, Todd Pacific Shipyard
Quick facts: This IPP in the Pacific port of Puerto Corinto was built per a 15yr PPA between Enron and ENEL. The barge was built by Todd Shipyards Corp in Seattle, Washington. Commercial operation started in 1999. In 2006, the remaining Enron power assets were taken over by U.K.-based AEI (Ashmore Energy International) and the operating company is now controlled by Centrans and Israel Corp.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo Centrans
Re-posted 11 May 2016

Ernesto Che Guavara-I
Location: Managua
Operator: Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad
Configuration: 12 X 1.7-MW 9H21/32 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2008
E/G supplier: Hyundai
EPC: Hyundai
Quick facts: This is one of a series of diesel power stations built by Nicaragua with financial and technical assistance from Cuba and Venezuela. This plant in Tipitapa is about 20km from Managua and was opened on 14 Jun 2008.

Photograph courtesy of Empresa Nicaraguense de Electricidad
Posted 21 Oct 2009

 

GESARSA
Location: Managua
Operator: Generadora San Rafael SA
Configuration: 4 X 1.6-MW 1600 GF3 engines
Fuel: HFO
Operation: 2004
E/G supplier: Wuxi Diesel
Quick facts: This DPP was built at the Canal cement works in San Rafael del Sur, and later taken over by a state-owned company called Generadora San Rafael SA (GESARSA). In 2005, the plant was shutdown for repairs coordinated by CORNAP and it was re-activated in Oct 2007.

Photograph courtesy of CORNAP
Posted 11 May 2016

Tipitapa
Location: Managua
Operator: Tipitapa Power Co
Configuration: 5 X 10-MW 18V38 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 1999
E/G supplier: Wartsila, AB
EPC: Wartsila, Santos
Quick facts: Coastal Power, then a subsidiary of Coastal Corp and later part of El Paso Corp, built this DPP in Tipitapa near Managua. A 15yr PPA with ENEL was signed in Dec 1997 at 5.7 cents/kWh. In Sep 1998, the IADB approved a $30mn loan to help fund the project. The plant is now owned by Tipitapa Power Co, a joint-venture of Grupo Centrans and Israel Corp Group.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo Centrans
Posted 11 May 2016

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 14-May-2016

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