Diesel and Gas-Engine Plants in El Salvador & Guatemala
Acajutla Phase I
Location: El Salvador
Operator: Duke Energy International El Salvador S en C
Configuration: 6 X 16.5-MW 18V46 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 2000
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: In Jan 2000, Duke Energy ordered a 96-MW "Power Master" heavy-fuel diesel power plant from Wartsila for Acajutla. Commercial operation started in Sep 2000 with four engines and two more were completed in October. The project included a new 115kV substation. DEI added three more 17-MW diesel gensets at Acajutla in 2001.

Photograph courtesy of Wartsila
Posted 14 Nov 2009

Planta Arizona
Location: Guatemala
Operator: Duke Energy
Configuration: 10 X 16-MW 18V46 engines
Fuel: heavy oil, light oil
Operation: 2003
E/G supplier: Wartsila
EPC: Wartsila
Quick facts: In Jan 2002, Wartsila received a €130mn order from Duke Energy for what was the Finnish company’s then largest-ever power plant order. Planta Arizona was completed in May 2003 after 14 months of construction. In 2004, the plant was converted to light oil capability.

Photograph courtesy of Surgeon Oy
Posted 17 May 2006

Location: Guatemala
Operator: Coenesa Generacion SA
Configuration: 5 X 2-MW engines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2008
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
Quick facts: This project is in El Istor, Izbal.

Photograph courtesy of Coenesa Generacion SA
Posted 24 Dec 2010

Escuintla Energy Center
Location: Guatemala
Operator: Siderugica de Guatemala
Configuration: 10 X 4-MW 3616 engines
Fuel: residual oil
Operation: 1996
E/G supplier: Caterpillar
EPC: Caterpillar
Quick facts: Developed by Indeck Energy Services.

Photograph courtesy of Caterpillar
Posted 22 Aug 2001

Location: El Salvador
Operator: Nejapa Power Co LLC
Configuration: 27 X 5.33-MW 18V32 engines
Fuel: heavy oil, diesel oil
Operation: 1995-1996
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB
EPC: Black & Veatch, Schrader Camargo
Quick facts: In Jun1994, Comision Ejecutiva Hidroelectrica del Rio Lempa signed a PPA with Latin American Energy Development (DELASA) for output from the Nejapa DPP. DELASA included La Casa Castro SA de CV, several other Salvadoran firms, and Tenneco Gas. In Aug 1995, Coastal Power, later acquired by El Paso Corp, bought out Tenneco and ended up with 86.5% ownership in the $100mn project. In Jul 1995, the first 17 engines went online. In Dec 2006, Globeleq Ltd acquired Nejapa from El Paso. In 2007, Globeleq sold its electricity assets in Latin America to Inkia Energy. Inkia now owns 100% of the Nejapa power plant and the associated fuel terminal as well as a 12yr PPA with AES expiring in 2012.

Photograph courtesy of Nejapa Power
Posted 14 Nov 2009

Nejapa Landfill
Location: El Salvador
Operator: AES Nejapa Gas Ltda
Configuration: 6 MW
Fuel: landfill gas
Operation: 2011
E/G supplier:
EPC: Semco Maritime
Quick facts: This is the first landfill gas power station in El Salvador. Its costruction represents the second phase of an ongoing effort at methane emission mitigation at the site, the first phase being the deployment of gas collection and flaring infrastructure in Oct 2006. The landfill is about 17km north of San Salvador between the cities of Quezaltepeque and Apopa. The power project was acquired by ASES in May 2008. It was somewhat delayed by permitting issues

Photograph courtesy of Semco Maritime
Posted 28 Jan 2012

  Puerto Barrios
Location: Guatemala
Operator: Generadora Electrica del Norte Ltda
Configuration: 4 X 10.5 MW 18V38 engines
Fuel: heavy oil
Operation: 1998
E/G supplier: Wartsila, ABB
Quick facts: Energy output is marketed by GENOR under medium term contracts to local businesses and distribution companies.  The plant also makes sales to distribution companies in El Salvador and sells surplus energy on the Guatemalan spot market.

Photograph courtesy of Con Ed Development
Posted 7 Aug 2005


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 28-Jan-2012