Termoguajira power station

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Termoguajira power station is an operating power station of at least 290-megawatts (MW) in Dibulla, Guajira, Colombia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Termoguajira power station Dibulla, Dibulla, Guajira, Colombia 11.262213, -73.415568 (exact)

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 11.262213, -73.415568

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - bituminous, fossil gas - natural gas 145 subcritical 1983
Unit 2 operating coal - bituminous, fossil gas - natural gas 145 subcritical 1987

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Gecelca SAESP [100.0%]
Unit 2 Gecelca SAESP [100.0%]


The plant is owned and operated by Colombian public utility company Gecelca S.A. and consists of two 145 MW units.[1] The first and second units began operations in 1983 and 1987, respectively.[2] The coal used to fuel the plant reportedly comes from mines in Puerto Libertador, Córdoba department.[3] Reportedly, the plant sometimes burns gas as a backup fuel. [1]

Planned conversion from coal to renewable fuel

In July 2023, Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy Irene Vélez announced that Termoguajira would be the first Colombian coal plant to fully decarbonize its energy production. Plans called for the plant to adopt renewable technologies including solar panels and energy storage, though many other details remained unclear, including the proposed timeline for the plant's conversion.[4][5][6]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Generación". Gecelca, S.A. Retrieved June 22, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. "Gecelca". ANDEG (Asociación Nacional de Empresas Generadoras). Retrieved June 9, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Salió de servicio Termoguajira Dos". Caracol Radio. March 17, 2016.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "Termoguajira, primera central que transitará a energía descarbonizada". Portafolio. July 1, 2023.
  5. "Ministerio de Minas anunció que Termoguajira transitará hacia la generación de energía descarbonizad". Infobae. July 3, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "En Colombia, anuncian que la central Termoguajira pasará de termoeléctrica a renovable". PV Magazine. July 3, 2023.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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