La Loma power station

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La Loma power station (Central Carboeléctrica La Loma) is a cancelled power station in El Carmen, El Paso, Cesar, Colombia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
La Loma power station El Carmen, El Paso, Cesar, Colombia 9.674224, -73.671143 (approximate)

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

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology
cancelled coal: unknown 350 CFB

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Owner Parent
Empresas Públicas de Medellín ESP [100%] Empresas Públicas de Medellín ESP [100.0%]


La Loma power station was the first new coal-fired plant proposed in Colombia's northern César department since Isagen's 300 MW Termocesar project in Tamalameque was abandoned over a decade earlier. The proposed plant was to have 350 MW of capacity in El Carmen, El Paso, César, Colombia.[1] Project sponsor EPM announced the La Loma project in 2011, presenting a proposal to the Colombian national environmental agency ANLA (Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales).[2]

In August 2015, ANLA definitively rejected EPM's request for an environmental permit.[3] As of January 2018, given the lack of subsequent mention of the La Loma power station in press or government reports, the project appears to have been permanently abandoned.


Soon after the La Loma project was announced, local residents began to speak out against it.[4][5] Coal has long been a controversial subject in this part of northern Colombia, with residents regularly expressing concerns about the health, safety and environmental impact of multinational mining operations at the nearby La Loma mine.[6]

Articles and Resources


  1. "AUTO No. 764" (PDF). Ministerio del Ambiente, Vivienda y Desarrollo Territoria. March 20, 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Sí a carboeléctrica, dice experto cesarense,", El Pilón, September 5, 2013.
  4. "El Paso se opone a construcción de carboeléctrica en La Loma, Cesar,", El Heraldo, January 17, 2013.
  5. "En El Paso Cesar, no quieren carboeléctrica,", El Pilón, January 19, 2013.
  6. Cardoso Diaz, Andrea (November 2016). "Socio-Environmental Liabilities of Coal Mining in Colombia: a Political Ecology Approach to the Global Coal Chain" (PDF). Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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