La Loma power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Colombiacoal}}La Loma power station (known locally as Carboeléctrico La Loma or Central Carboeléctrico Carboloma) is a proposed 350-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in El Carmen, El Paso, César, Colombia.[1]


The map below shows El Paso, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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La Loma power station was the first new coal-fired plant proposed in Colombia's northern César department since Isagen's 300 MW Termocesar project in Tamalameque was abandoned over a decade earlier. Project sponsor EPM announced the La Loma project in 2011, presenting a proposal to the Colombian national environmental agency ANLA (Autoridad Nacional de Licencias Ambientales).[2]

In August 2015, ANLA definitively rejected EPM's request for an environmental permit.[3] As of January 2018, given the lack of subsequent mention of the La Loma power station in press or government reports, the project appears to have been permanently abandoned.


Soon after the La Loma project was announced, local residents began to speak out against it.[4][5] Coal has long been a controversial subject in this part of northern Colombia, with residents regularly expressing concerns about the health, safety and environmental impact of multinational mining operations at the nearby La Loma mine.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: EPM (Empresas Públicas de Medellín)
  • Parent company: Isagen
  • Location: El Carmen, El Paso, César, Colombia
  • Coordinates: 9.674224, -73.671143 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 350 MW
  • Type: Circulating fluidized bed
  • Projected in service:
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