Termopaipa power station

From Global Energy Monitor


Termopaipa power station is a 350-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Paipa, Boyacá, Colombia. The plant's Unit 4 is also known as the Sochagota power station.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Paipa, Boyacá.

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Termopaipa consists of four domestically-fueled, subcritical coal units built between 1963 and 1999.[1] A fifth unit (Paipa V) was proposed but never completed.

The Termopaipa plant is operated by Empresa de Energía de Boyacá SA. Units 1-3 are owned by Gensa, and Unit 4 is owned by STEAG and ContourGlobal.[1] In 2014 German company Alstom upgraded Unit 1 and increased its capacity to 39 MW.[2]

Proposed Paipa V expansion

In a June 2011 report entitled Visionando una nueva unidad para Termopaipa, Gensa (Gestión Energética S.A.) announced that it was undertaking feasibility studies and seeking environmental permits for a new 150 MW Unit V (known within the company as Paipa V) at the Termopaipa facility. In September 2013, Gensa reconfirmed these plans, stating that the company planned to invest US$250 million in the Unit V project, which it estimates will burn about 400,000 tons of coal annually. [3]

In its 2014 annual report (issued in March 2015) Gensa expressed hopes that Paipa V would receive the necessary environmental permit in 2015 so that the project could be included in Colombia's next national energy auction. Gensa’s 2015 Sustainability Report (Informe de Sustenibilidad 2015) confirmed the company's ongoing commitment to the Paipa V project, noting that Gensa would continue to invest in development of Termopaipa V and work with Colombia’s environmental authorities, with an eye towards including the project in Colombia’s next national energy tender.[4]

In January 2017, Gensa and Colombia's National Environmental Licensing Authority held a public hearing on the plans to build the new unit; about 700 people attended. Attendees complained about pollution from the existing units of Termopaipa, and called for Unit 5 to be built using strict environmental controls.[5][6]

CREG, Colombia's national energy regulatory agency, ultimately called off the anticipated 2017 energy tender, affirming that energy supply from existing plants and those already under construction would be sufficient to supply the country through November 2020.[7] Further complicating Termopaipa V's prospects, the Colombian government in September 2017 proposed procedural changes for future tenders that would likely pose economic challenges to traditional hydrocarbon-fueled plants[8], and in November 2017 announced a new national tender for solar and other renewable energy projects, to be held prior to the next presidential election in May 2018.[9]

As of January 2021 there has been no further news about Paipa V, and the project appears to be cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Empresa de Energía de Boyacá SA, Sochagota SA
  • Parent company:
    • Units 1-3: Gensa[10]
    • Unit 4: STEAG (51%), ContourGlobal (49%)[11][12]
  • Location: Paipa, Boyacá, Colombia
  • Coordinates: 5.7682, -73.1472 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating (1963)[2]
    • Unit 2: Operating (1976)[10]
    • Unit 3: Operating (1981)[10]
    • Unit 4: Operating (1999)[13]
    • Unit 5: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity:
  • Type:
    • Units 1-4; Subcritical
    • Unit 5: Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB)
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source: Domestic
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "TermoPaipa Coal Power Plant Colombia," GEO, accessed April 2016
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Alstom signs a contract to upgrade Termopaipa thermal power plant in Colombia". Alstom. December 10, 2014.
  3. "250 millones de dólares invertirá Gensa en V Unidad de Termopaipa que generará 150 megavatios,", Periódico del Estado, September 26, 2013.
  4. "Documentos institucionales". GENSA SA ESP. Retrieved 2021-01-21.
  5. Los pros y contras de Termopaipa V, El Tiempo, 30 Jan. 2017.
  6. La quinta unidad será 'el renacer' de Termopaipa, El Tiempo, 13 Jan. 2017.
  7. "Gobierno no ve necesarias nuevas plantas generadoras de energía," El Tiempo, October 24, 2016.
  8. "Hay temor por el futuro de las termoeléctricas," El Tiempo, September 10, 2017.
  9. " Habrá subasta de energías no convencionales," El Tiempo, November 3, 2017.
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 "Gensa". ANDEG. Retrieved 2022-06-22.
  11. "Energy security for Colombia". STEAG GmbH. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  12. "Sochagota". ContourGlobal. Retrieved 2022-07-05.
  13. 13.0 13.1 "Termopaipa Power Plant". STEAG GmbH. Retrieved 2021-01-19.
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 "Reunión de información del ajuste del Plan de Manejo Ambiental de la Central Termoeléctrica de Paipa Unidades I, II, III, inclusión Unidad V (p 6)". GENSA. 2015.
  15. 15.0 15.1 "Disposiciones Ambientales en la Operación de Centrales Termoeléctricas (p 5)" (PDF). ANLA. December 2021.
  16. "Informe de Sostenibilidad 2016 (p 209)" (PDF). GENSA. February 22, 2017.

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