Sabinas power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Sabinas power station was a proposed 180-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Palaú, Coahuila, Mexico, which was cancelled in 2005. Other new coal-fired power projects have been proposed for Coahuila state since 2010, but none has yet moved beyond the theoretical stage.


The map below shows Palaú, the approximate location where the plant was to be built.

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The Sabinas plant, officially known as Carboeléctrica Sabinas, was originally announced in 1997.[1]; however, the Mexican Secretary of Energy withdrew its permit in September 2005 due to inactivity.[2] The two-unit, 180 MW plant is still listed in Platts' World Electric Power Plants Database but appears to be definitively cancelled.[3]

In subsequent years, other coal-fired power projects have been proposed for the coal-rich state of Coahuila. In 2010, the municipal president of Sabinas, Jesús María Montemayor Garza, spoke of reviving plans for a coal plant of unspecified size on the city's southern outskirts[4], and in 2011, Coahuila gubernatorial candidate Rubén Moreira Valdez pledged to revive the state's coal-fired energy industry if elected.[5][6] Two 700 MW power plants (Noreste IV and V - Sabinas) using "clean coal" technology (carbon capture and sequestration) have appeared regularly as long-range proposals for Coahuila in the Mexican government's annual 15-year energy plans. In the government's 2011 report, proposed completion dates ranged from 2019 to 2023 for Noreste IV, and 2022 to 2025 for Noreste V.[7] In the 2013 report, the completion date proposed for both plants was 2024.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Grupo Acerero Del Norte
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Palaú, Coahuila, Mexico
  • Coordinates: 27.916667, -101.416667 (approximate)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Cancelled
    • Unit 2: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 90 MW
    • Unit 2: 90 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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