Las Palmas power station (Guatemala)

From Global Energy Monitor


Las Palmas power station is a power plant near Escuintla, Guatemala. The plant's 83-megawatt (MW) Unit 2 is fueled with coal.


The map below shows the plant, which is located near Escuintla, Escuintla, Guatemala.

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The Las Palmas power station features two units. Unit 1 (89 MW) is fueled with bunker, while Unit 2 (83 MW) is fueled with thermal coal.[1]

In 2008 Duke Energy announced that it would invest US$150 million to build a new coal-fired Unit 2 at its existing Las Palmas plant, with an installed capacity of 83 MW.[2][3] By 2011 the plant had entered its testing phase, and shortly thereafter it began commercial operations.[4]

In 2016 Duke Energy announced its intention to sell all of its Guatemalan energy assets to global infrastructure investment manager I Squared Capital, which in turn arranged to have Las Palmas 2 transferred to its Guatemalan subsidiary Orazul Energy Guatemala.[1][5][6]

As recently as 2019, the Las Palmas 2 plant was still listed in annual reports published by Guatemala's energy administrator AMM[7], though the Guatemalan government has recently taken steps to move away from coal-fired electricity towards renewable energy sources.[8]

Guatemala's Ministry of Energy and Mines does not list Las Palmas among the country's coal-fired power plants in its power generation planning report for 2020-2034.[9]

Project Details: Unit 2

  • Sponsor: Orazul Energy Guatemala[6]
  • Parent company: I Squared Capital[5]
  • Location: Escuintla, Escuintla, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.262131, -90.799063 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (2012)[4]
  • Gross Capacity: 83 MW[1]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Duke Energy se retirará de Guatemala, está en proceso de venta de 3 generadoras". Revista Estrategia & Negocios. September 7, 2016.
  2. "Carbón abre paso a la hidroenergía". El Financiero (Costa Rica). October 5, 2008.
  3. "Inaugura planta de carbón". La Hora. August 29, 2008.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Noaldo Bracamonte González, Pável César (September 2012). "DISEÑO E IMPLEMENTACIÓN DE PLAN DE LUBRICACIÓN A MAQUINARIA Y EQUIPO DE GENERACIÓN ELÉCTRICA PLANTA LAS PALMAS II, DUKE ENERGY" (PDF). Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala, Facultad de Ingeniería.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Duke Energy Sells Latin American Businesses to I Squared Capital". LAVCA | The Association for Private Capital Investment in Latin America. December 20, 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Resolución CNEE-245-2017" (PDF). CNEE (Comisión Nacional de Energía Eléctrica). November 28, 2017.
  7. "Informe Estadístico 2019" (PDF). AMM (Administrador del Mercado Mayorista). January 2020.
  8. "Del carbón a la energía limpia: Así son los nuevos contratos de generación de EEGSA". Prensa Libre. February 13, 2020.
  9. "Plan de Expansión del Sistema de Generación y Transporte 2020-2034 (p 53)" (PDF). Ministerio de Energía y Minas de Guatemala. 2020.

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