San José power station

From Global Energy Monitor


San José power station is a 139-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant near Masagua, Escuintla, Guatemala.


The map below shows the plant, which is located near Masagua, Escuintla, Guatemala, about 30km north of the ports of San José and Puerto Quetzal, Escuintla, Guatemala.

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San José power station began operating in January 2000 as Guatemala's first coal-fueled power plant.[1] The plant is powered by a Mitsubishi ST-1 steam turbine, and its gross capacity is described by various sources as between 120 MW and 139 MW.[2][3][4][5]

In 2012, San José's original owner, Florida-based TECO Energy, sold the plant to Bahamas-based Sur Electrica Holding Ltd., doing business in Guatemala as CEG (Corporación Energías de Guatemala Ltd.).[6][7]

The San José power station was one of Guatemala's leading electricity producers from 2000 to 2020, supplying 120 MW to Guatemala's national energy grid under a long-term contract with state electricity agency EEGSA that expired in February 2020. In early 2020, EEGSA held a new tender for short-term energy contracts through April 2025, with the stated goal of phasing out coal and moving to less expensive, more sustainable energy sources.[8] The February 2020 tender resulted in San José power station being awarded a 13-month, 10 MW contract from March 27, 2020 through April 30, 2021, with no further commitments beyond 2021.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: CEG (Corporación Energías de Guatemala Ltd.)[10]
  • Parent company: Sur Electrica Holding, Ltd.[6][7]
  • Location: San José, Escuintla, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.1632, -90.7879 (exact)[2]
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 139 MW[5]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service: 2000[1][10]
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Koberle, Alex (2012). "Energizar a Guatemala: propuesta de un plan de electricidad sostenible (p 19)" (PDF). International Rivers.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "San Jose Coal Power Plant Guatemala". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved January 9, 2021.
  3. Pozuelos Buezo, Juan Carlos (March 31, 2011). "Planta de carbón San José, del grupo TECO. Guatemala". Escuela de Organización Industrial.
  4. "Plantas de carbón aportarán 900 MW". Prensa Libre. January 5, 2015.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Plan de Expansión del Sistema de Generación y Transporte 2020-2034 (p 52)" (PDF). Ministerio de Energía y Minas, Gobierno de la República de Guatemala. 2020.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "TECO sells Guatemala power plants, exits international business". Tampa Bay Times. September 28, 2012.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "Carbón: El oscuro generador de energía". Plaza Pública. July 14, 2015.
  8. "EEGSA hará licitaciones para sustituir contrato de la generadora con carbón San José". Prensa Libre. February 5, 2019.
  9. "Del carbón a la energía limpia: Así son los nuevos contratos de generación de EEGSA". Prensa Libre. February 13, 2020.
  10. 10.0 10.1 "Productos: Generación Eléctrica". CEG (Corporación Energias de Guatemala). Retrieved 2021-01-19.

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