Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in Central America - other countries
Choloma III Phase 1
Location: Honduras
Operator: Empresa de Mantenimiento Construccion y Electricidad (EMCE)
Configuration: 5 X 17.8-MW 18V48/60 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2004
E/G supplier: MAN B&W, ABB
EPC: MAN B&W, PRINEL Proyectos de Ingeneria Electromecanica
Quick facts: In Dec 2003, MAN B&W Diesel was awarded a turnkey contract for 13 of its 18V48/60 engines for Choloma III. Five engines were put online in Mar 2004 after 80 days of construction. The addition of six similar engines in 2007 made this the largest such power station ever supplied to that date by MAN Diesel. A 14th genset was later secured and is operated on a merchant basis outside the PPA. A 17-MW steam set was added to enable combined-cycle operation of the plant. Funding for Choloma-III was secured from BCIE with a bridging loan covered by a guarantee from Euler-Hermes. The residual oil tank farm was supplied and installed by Chicago Bridge & Iron Co while Alfred Kuhse GmbH was the lead electrical contractor. ABB built the step-up transformers and heat exchangers and generator cooling systems came from Finncoil. Separators for the fuel oil and lubricant conditioning were supplied by Alfa Laval.

Photograph courtesy of MAN B&W Diesel
Posted 1 May 2004

Choloma Elcatex
Location: Honduras
Operator: Elasticos Centroamericanos y Textiles SA (ELCATEX)
Configuration: 4 X 7.9-MW 16CM32C engines CHP
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2003-2012
E/G supplier: Caterpillar, AVK
EPC: Energy International Inc
Quick facts: This project in San Pedro Sula supplies electriity, steam, and chilled water. The first phase had two engines, a third was commissioned in Mar 2005, and the fourth in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Caterpillar
Posted 1 Sep 2014

Location: Costa Rica
Operator: Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad
Configuration: 11 X 18 MW 18V48/60 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2010
E/G supplier: MAN Diesel, ABB
EPC: MAN Diesel, Consultores en Infraestructura GIP Ltd
Quick facts: In Feb 2003, ICE went out for tender for a thermal power plant at Garabito, in Puntarenas province. This was planned as an oil-fired combined-cycle of between 120 and 180 MW capacity. The tender was never completed and ICE relaunched the effort in Sep 2007, but this time for a 160-MW medium speed, diesel power plant. The DPP was fully commissioned in Feb 2011.

Photograph by Andre Quiros (www.fotosaereascr.com)
Posted 13 May 2015

Location: Costa Rica
Operator: Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad
Configuration: 4 X 8-MW 8PC2.5V400 engines
Fuel: bunker oil, diesel
Operation: 1977
E/G supplier: SEMT, IHI, Nishishiba

Photographs courtesy of Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad
Posted 29 Dec 2003

Location: Honduras
Operator: Luz y Fuerza de San Lorenzo SA
Configuration: 8 X 10-MW 18V38 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 1999
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila, Santos
Quick facts: In Nov 1998, Lufussa ordered Wartsila engines for the Pavana -II plant. BCIE arranged project financing. The plant copleted in May 1999.

Photograph courtesy of Luz y Fuerza de San Lorenzo SA
Posted 21 Jun 2015

Location: Honduras
Operator: Luz y Fuerza de San Lorenzo SA
Configuration: 16 X 16.7-MW 18V46 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2004-2005
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: This project originated with ENEE’s 2001 tender for 210 MW for 12yrs. In Nov 2002, ENEE awarded the PPA to Lufussa for electricity priced at $0.4638/kWh. In Aug 2003, Lufussa ordered the engines and the plant was inagurated in Jan 2005 -- 12mos ahead of schedule -- by Honduran President Ricardo Maduro. This was Wartisila's largest project to that date and cost $190mn. Pavana-III was one of the first installations equipped with a condition-based maintenance (CBM) system connected online to Wartsila’s CBM center in Vaasa, Finland. The project included a 110kV transmission tie-line.

Photograph courtesy of Wartsila
Posted 10 Feb 2005


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Updated 01-Mar-2017