Coahuila power station

From Global Energy Monitor


Coahuila power station was a proposed 1400 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Coahuila, Mexico. The project is presumed to be cancelled.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the proposed plant in Nava, Coahuila, Mexico.

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In November 2018, Senator Armando Guadiana Tijerina, president of Mexico's Senate Energy Commission, announced plans for a new, two-unit, 1400 MW coal plant.[2][3] The plant would be located in the municipality of Nava, where the government already operates the coal-fired José Lopez Portillo and Carbón II power stations, or in the surrounding coal-producing state of Coahuila.[2]

According to the senator's announcement, permits for the two coal-fired units could easily be expedited, as plans for the plant have been in the works since 2012, and the new units would be much more efficient and less polluting than existing Mexican coal-fired plants. The projected budget for the new plant would be between US $840 million and US $1.12 billion.[2]

Subsequent news reports in 2020 confirmed that the proposal remained active, though details were sketchy.[4][5][6]

In November 2021, a top official of Mexico's federal electricity commission CFE indicated that Mexico has no plans to build new coal-fired power plants, implying that the 1400 MW Coahuila power station has been cancelled.[1]

Since 2017, Mexico has been a member of the Powering Past Coal Alliance, a group of nations that have pledged to phase out existing coal plants.[6][7] However, the country's stated commitment to decarbonization has been directly contradicted by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's calls for increased investment in coal and other fossil fuels since taking office in December 2018.[4][8] In 2020, Mexico ramped up its purchases of coal while imposing new rules discouraging solar and wind projects[9], and the country remains far from complying with its clean energy commitments under the Paris Climate Accord.[6]

Coahuila's state government remains committed to the sustained use of coal for electricity generation, calling for coal use to remain "at least" at current levels through 2023[10], and the head of Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission has suggested that Coahuila's coal plants should continue operating permanently.[11] According to the Mexican Geological Survey, Coahuila state produces 99% of Mexico's coal[12], and the director of Mexico's National Coal Producers' Union estimates that the livelihood of tens of thousands of Coahuila state residents depends directly or indirectly on coal production.[13]

Project details

  • Sponsor: CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad)
  • Parent company: CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad)
  • Location: Coahuila, México
  • Coordinates: 28.456482, -100.728095 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled[1]
  • Gross capacity: 1400 MW
    • Unit 1: 700 MW
    • Unit 2: 700 MW
  • Type:
  • In service:
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "CFE no construirá centrales de carbón para generar energía". La Jornada. November 12, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Nueva planta carboeléctrica en Coahuila aprobada en 2012". Energía Hoy. November 26, 2018.
  3. "Mexico Ramps up Plans for Coal in the New Government's Development Strategy". Climate Scorecard. May 9, 2019.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Energías limpias, sofisma que usó la política neoliberal para beneficiar a particulares: AMLO". Animal Político. October 24, 2020.
  5. "México incumple acuerdos de París, advierten expertos". El Economista. December 28, 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "México está incumpliendo los compromisos ambientales ante el Acuerdo de París, según expertos". La República. December 28, 2020.
  7. "PPCA Members | Powering Past Coal Alliance". Powering Past Coal Alliance (PPCA). Retrieved 2021-01-11.
  8. "Alternative energy efforts in Mexico slow as Lopez Obrador prioritizes oil". Los Angeles Times. 2019-07-10.
  9. "El gobierno de México comprará toneladas de carbón para termoeléctricas". infobae. July 17, 2020.
  10. "Programa Especial de Energía 2017-2023 (p 36)" (PDF). Gobierno del Estado de Coahuila. September 2018.
  11. "CFE buscará que carboeléctricas trabajen permanentemente: Manuel Bartlett". Energía Hoy. 2019-08-05.
  12. "Panorama Minero del Estado de Coahuila (p 11)" (PDF). Servicio Geológico Mexicano. December 2019.
  13. "Centrales eléctricas de Coahuila y el lado oscuro de la fiesta del carbón". El Economista. June 20, 2020.

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