Termotasajero power station

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The Termotasajero power station is a 163-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in San Cayetano, Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia. It has been operated since 1984 by Termotasajero S.A., a subsidiary of Colombian investment company Colgener S.A.[1] A second unit with a capacity between 160 and 180 MW was announced in 2011 and is currently under construction.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Cúcuta, Colombia.

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In May 2011 company director Hernando Díaz Martínez announced plans to construct a US$330 million, 160-megawatt second unit at Termotasajero, contingent on a successful outcome in the late 2011 energy auction sponsored by Colombian regulatory agency Creg (Comisión de Regulación de Energía y Gas).[2]

In January 2012 Korean trading firm Hyundai Corporation secured a $300 million deal with Termotasajero S.A. to construct the plant, with a scheduled completion date 36 months after start of construction.[3]

In November 2012 the Babcock & Wilcox Company (B&W) was awarded a $60 million contract to design and supply a 180 MW coal-fired boiler for Termotasajero Unit 2 for South Korean contractor Hyundai Engineering Co., Ltd. Plans called for delivery of the boiler by early 2014, and start-up of the new unit by late 2015.[4]

In an October 2014 interview with El Nuevo Siglo, Alejandro Castañeda, president of ANDEG (Colombia's national power generators' association), said that the second unit of Termotasajero was already 92% complete and on track for a December 2015 start-up date. Mr. Castañeda stated that the new unit would add 170 MW to Termotasajero's generating capacity.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Termotasajero S.A.
  • Parent company: Colgener S.A.
  • Location: San Cayetano, Cúcuta, Norte de Santander, Colombia
  • Coordinates: 7.8473, -72.6328 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating
    • Unit 2: Construction
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 163 MW
    • Unit 2: 170 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: local coal mines
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  2. "Termotasajero proyecta construir una segunda planta,", Portafolio.co, May 8, 2011.
  3. "Hyundai wins $300 mil. power plant order from Colombia," The Korea Times, Jan. 19, 2012.
  4. "B&W awarded $60MM boiler project in Colombia," PennEnergy, Nov. 6, 2012.
  5. "Generadoras descartan desabastecimiento de energía," El Nuevo Siglo, October 21, 2014.

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