Santa Ana power station

From Global Energy Monitor


Santa Ana power station is a coal- and biomass-fired plant located in Escuintla, Guatemala.


The map below shows the plant, located in Escuintla department, Guatemala.

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Inaugurated in October 2014 at the Santa Ana Sugar Mill[1], the $75 million, 62 MW Santa Ana plant generates electricity from a mix of biomass and coal. During the November to May sugar cane harvest season, it runs on bagasse (cellulose fiber from crushed sugar cane stalks); from June to October, it runs on coal. In addition to generating energy for the sugar mill's daily operations, the plant provides electricity to 138,000 homes in the surrounding area.[2]

Guatemala's Ministry of Energy and Mines lists Santa Ana's coal-fired unit as Unit No 2, with an installed capacity of 64.2 MW. The Santa Ana plant has another unit (No 1) that runs on a combination of biomass and bunker.[3]

At the national level Guatemala continues to move away from coal towards renewables. Under the new contracts signed by national electricity agency EEGSA during Guatemala's February 2020 energy tender, plants burning coal only will account for 8% of national electricity production in 2021 (down from 18% in 2019) while plants such as Santa Ana that use a mix of coal and biomass will represent 2% of national production in 2021.[4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ingenio Santa Ana (Santa Ana Sugar Mill)
  • Parent company: Grupo Corporativo Santa Ana[5]
  • Location: Escuintla, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.243417, -90.845719 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 64 MW[3]
  • In service: 2014[2][5]
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Articles and resources


  1. "Presidente inaugura generadora de energía en ingenio de Escuintla". YouTube. October 24, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Guatemala: inauguran planta térmica de generación eléctrica,", Estrategia y Negocios, October 27, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Plan de Expansión del Sistema de Generación y Transporte 2020-2034 (p 50)" (PDF). Ministerio de Energía y Minas de Guatemala. 2020.
  4. "Del carbón a la energía limpia: Así son los nuevos contratos de generación de EEGSA". Prensa Libre. February 13, 2020.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Nuestra Historia". Grupo Corporativo Santa Ana. Retrieved January 19, 2021.

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