La Luna power station

From Global Energy Monitor


La Luna power station was a proposed 1,125-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in César, Colombia. The project is no longer listed in Colombian government energy plans and appears to be shelved.


The map below shows El Paso, Cesar Department, Colombia, where the plant was to be built, near the proposed La Luna coal mine.

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In July 2018, it was reported that UK-based Sloane Energy Group planned to build a coal plant in Cesar Department, Colombia. Plans called for three ultra-supercritical coal-fired units of 375MW each, fueled with coal produced at Sloane's adjacent La Luna coal mine, where production was set to begin in late 2019.[1] The project had been registered with Colombia's national licensing agency ANLA in 2017.[2] Sloane's original plans called for the awarding of an engineering, procurement and construction contract by the end of 2018, with commercial operations beginning in 2022.[1]

In June 2018 Colombia's energy licensing authority ANLA granted the project its environmental license.[3] Construction was scheduled to begin in April 2020,[4] with a projected investment of US $1.6 billion[5] and commercial electricity generation expected by 2023 or 2024.[6] The complex was designed to use longwall mining methodology for a low-sulphur thermal coal to feed the 1,125 MW plant.[7]

As of 2021, La Luna no longer appears in Colombian government lists of future power plant projects[8][9], and Colombia's energy planning agency UPME does not anticipate construction of new coal plant capacity in any of its 15-year scenarios for the 2020-2034 period.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Sloane Energy Group[4][5]
  • Parent company: Sloane Energy Group
  • Location: Cesar Department, Colombia
  • Coordinates: 9.6576076,-73.740011 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved[8][9]
  • Gross Capacity: 1,125 MW[4][10]
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical[5]
  • Projected in service: 2023[4]
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: La Luna coal mine, Colombia[4]
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sloane to build efficient coal plant in Colombia," Argus Media, July 9, 2018
  2. "Actualización Reporte de Análisis Regional de la Zona Minera del Cesar (pp 5, 20, 24, 26)" (PDF). ANLA. December 2021.
  3. "RESOLUCIÓN N°00911" (PDF). ANLA. June 18, 2018.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 El complejo termoeléctrico ‘La Luna’ ya tiene luz verde, Portafolio, Sep. 8, 2019
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Proyectan inversiones por 15.000 millones de dólares para el Caribe". País Minero. September 1, 2020.
  6. "Con 48 térmicas se reforzará la matriz de generación eléctrica". Portafolio. June 3, 2020.
  7. "Energy Research & Consultancy". Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Informe de Registro de Generación de Electricidad: Ubicación de los principales proyectos térmicos vigentes (p 22)" (PDF). UPME. August 31, 2021.
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 "Plan de Expansión de Referencia Generación – Transmisión 2020 – 2034: Volumen 2. Generación" (PDF). UPME. July 2021.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 "Las seis generadoras que se harían con subasta de energía". Portafolio. June 7, 2018.

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