Coal-Fired Plants in Colombia

CPR Plant
Location: Boyaca
Operator: Cementos Argos SA
Configuration: 1 X 15 MW
Operation: 2008
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: SIemens
EPC: Siemens, Constructora Conconcreto
Quick facts: This one of three similar coal-fired captive power plants built for Cementos Argos, the market leader in Colombia for cement, and concrete.

Photograph courtesy of Siemens
Posted 13 Apr 2011

Gecelca-3 No 1
Location: Cordoba
Operator: Gecelca SA ESP
Configuration: 1 X 164 MW
Operation: 2015
Fuel: subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Shanghai
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: China United Engineering Corp, Dongfang Turbine Co Ltd
Quick facts: Gecelca PS is a minemouth PS near Puerto Libertador. The unit was licensed in Apr 2010 and a $236mn EPC contract was signed in Dec 2010. The unit went into operation in Sep 2015 with Colombia's first CFB boiler.

Photograph courtesy of Gecelca
Posted 12 Apr 2016

Termoguajira
Location: Guajira
Operator: Gecelca SA ESP
Configuration: 1 X 162 MW, 1 X 168 MW
Operation: 1986-1987
Fuel: bituminous coal, natural gas
Boiler supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
EPC: MHI, Asesorías & Construcciones, SADE SA
Quick facts: In April 2006, Gecelca - Generadora y Comercializadora de Energia del Caribe was created and the new company began operations in Feb 2007. Gecelca took over Corelca’s TermoGuajira, the largest coal-fired plant in Colombia, and its stake in the Tebsa CCGT plant.. The site is on the coast in Mingueo district, Dibulla municipality. Termoguajira operated on natural gas for a time due to environmental requirements to change out some of the ash handling system. Gecelca is still government-owned.

Photograph courtesy of Gecelca
Posted 9 Apr 2011

Termopaipa
Location: Boyaca
Operator: Sochagota SA
Configuration: 1 X 165 MW
Operation: 1999
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Babcock & Wilcox Espanola
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Initec Energia, ABB
Quick facts: After six years of development and construction, this $220mn project was the first overseas power plant planned, financed and built by STEAG. TermoPaipa has a 20yr PPA with regional utility Empresa de Energía de Boyacá SA. The site is at 2,500m altitude.

Photograph courtesy of STEAG AG
Posted 17 Aug 2005

Termotasajero
Location: Norte de Santander
Operator: Termotasajero SA ESP
Configuration: 1 X 163 MW
Operation: 1984
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Distral
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
Quick facts: This unit went commercial on 17 Dec 1984 at a cost of $107mn, the largest investment ever in Norte de Santander department. It was originally operated by ICEL. The plant was sold off in 1996 and in 2007 was acquired by a group of pension and mutual funds.

Photograph courtesy of aeromodelismo.informe.com
Posted 6 Apr 2011

Termozipa
Location: Cundinamarca
Operator: EMGESA SA
Configuration: 2 X 32 MW, 3 X 66 MW
Operation: 1964-1981
Fuel: bituminous coal, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler, Distral
T/G supplier: GE, Hitachi
Quick facts: Also known as Martin del Corral. Termozipa-1 was retired in 1993.

Photograph courtesy of EMGESA SA
Posted 17 May 2008

Abbreviations

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

Updated 12-Apr-2016

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