Salamanca CFE power station

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Salamanca CFE power station (Central Termoeléctrica Salamanca (CFE)) is an operating power station of at least 550-megawatts (MW) in Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Salamanca CFE power station Salamanca, Guanajuato, Mexico 20.56894, -101.17313 (exact)[1]

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 3, Unit 4: 20.56894, -101.17313

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 3 operating[2] gas, fuel oil[3] 300[3] steam turbine[4] not found 1977[4]
Unit 4 operating[2] gas, fuel oil[3] 250[3] steam turbine[4] not found 1977[4]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent Operator
Unit 3 Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE[3] Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE[3]
Unit 4 Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE[3] Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE Comisión Federal de Electricidad EPE[3]


Units 3 and 4 of the Salamanca power station are capable of burning both natural gas and fuel oil. In 2019, the CFE announced plans to move units 3 and 4 to "cold reserve" (emergency use) status upon completion and commissioning of the adjacent Salamanca CC power station; if called back into service, they would burn a 80-20% or 65-35% mix of gas to fuel oil.[5]

Health and Environmental Impacts

In February 2021, the CFE authorized the increased use of oil to power the Salamanca power station due to energy shortages which exceeded levels agreed upon with the state of Guanajuato.[6] The increased contamination led to the release of a statement by the state of Guanajuato and Ministry of Environment that locals should be aware of increased respiratory dangers due to the use of fuel oil.

Articles and Resources


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  2. 2.0 2.1 "Planeas / GeoComunes (2023). Power plants in Mexico". Archived from the original on 45116. Retrieved 45108. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= and |archive-date= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 2022-12-07. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Archived from the original on 2022-10-06. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. "Manifestación de Impacto Ambiental: Proyecto 347 CC Salamanca (p II-4)" (PDF). SEMARNAT. October 11, 2019.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "'A great feat:' CFE chief says utility succeeded in averting 'total disaster'". Mexico News Daily. 2021-02-18. Retrieved 2021-11-01.

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