Bijao Power Station

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Bijao Power Station is an operating power station of at least 105-megawatts (MW) in Choloma, Cortés, Honduras.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Bijao Power Station Choloma, Cortés, Honduras 15.703346, -87.926887 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 2, Unit 1, Unit 3: 15.703346, -87.926887

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 2 operating coal - unknown, fossil liquids - petroleum coke 35 unknown 2015 2026 (planned)
Unit 1 operating coal - unknown, fossil liquids - petroleum coke 35 unknown 2015 2026 (planned)
Unit 3 operating coal - unknown, fossil liquids - petroleum coke 35 unknown 2018 2026 (planned)

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 2 Bijao Electric Co [100.0%]
Unit 1 Bijao Electric Co [100.0%]
Unit 3 Bijao Electric Co [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): cement & building
  • Captive industry: Power


The Bijao power station is composed of three 35 MW units owned by the Bijao Electric Company (BECO S.A.)[1] in Choloma, Honduras.[2][3] The Bijao project, originally proposed under the name Beco 60 and comprising two 35 MW units, was announced in 2013 with an estimated cost of US$125 million. Plans called for 30 MW from each unit to be acquired by the National Electricity Company (ENEE), with the remainder to be used by the Cementos del Norte factory in Choloma.[4][5][6] Units 1 and 2 began operating in 2015.[1]

In March 2018 Honduras's Comisión Regional de Interconexión Eléctrica (CRIE) approved expansion of the plant's output to the national grid from 60 MW to 90 MW in conjunction with the commissioning of a third 35 MW unit.[3][1]

Planned retirement

According to a 2022-2031 planning document published by Honduras's national electricity operator OCS, all 105 MW of the Bijao power station's generating capacity are scheduled for retirement in March 2026.[7] An earlier plan published in 2017 by the Central American Electrification Council had already announced the 2026 retirement date.[8]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Our Company, Beco S.A., accessed January 2021
  2. Bijao Electric Company S.A. de C.V. BN Americas, accessed November 2018
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Resolución CRIE-35-2018 (p 8)" (PDF). CRIE (Comisión Regional de Interconexión Eléctrica). March 5, 2018.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Generarán 60 megas a base de carbón en Honduras". Diario La Prensa. November 12, 2013.
  5. Salvatierra, Hugo (January 5, 2021). "Con esta estrategia Cementos Progreso edifica su expansión en Centroamérica". Forbes Centroamérica.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Jorge Bueso Arias cuestiona decisión judicial en el caso de Cenosa". La Prensa. March 14, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. "Plan de Expansión de la Red de Transmisión 2022-2031 (p 71)" (PDF). Operador del Sistema. February 25, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. "Plan Indicativo Regional de Expansión de la Generación Eléctrica - Periodo 2018-2035 (p 11)" (PDF). Grupo de Planificación Indicativa Regional (GTPIR). September 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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