Termotasajero power station

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Termotasajero power station is a 323-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant Norte de Santander, Colombia.

Two additional units (Termotasajero III and IV) have been announced but remain in the planning stages.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in San Cayetano, near Cúcuta, Colombia.

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The plant is owned by Termotasajero S.A., a subsidiary of Colombian investment company Colgener S.A. Its 163 MW Unit I has been operating since 1985.[1]

Unit 2

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], while other sources have reported Unit II's capacity at 160 MW.[6]

Termotasajero II successfully completed synchronization on November 2, 2015.[7] The plant, reported as 160MW, came on-line in December 2015 and, after a month-long halt in operations due to equipment damage, resumed generating power at full capacity on 15 March 2016. [8][9]

Units 3 and 4

Termotasajero has plans for two additional units at the plant: a 200 MW Unit III and a 250 MW Unit IV.[6] In June and July 2014, plant operator Termotasajero S.A. filed paperwork with Colombia's environmental licensing agency ANLA seeking to modify the plant's environmental permit to include a proposed coal-fired Unit III.[10] The company reportedly hopes to begin construction of Unit III sometime in 2017.[8] In an August 2016 interview with Revista Activa magazine, Termotasajero's Technical Manager Juan David Arango Vélez confirmed that the company was currently developing engineering plans and negotiating with construction companies, but that actual construction of Unit III would be contingent on the results of Colombia's next annual energy auction, tentatively scheduled for 2017.[11]

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:
    • Units 1-2: Operating
    • Unit 3: Pre-permit Development
    • Unit 4: Announced
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 163 MW
    • Unit 2: 160 MW
    • Unit 3: 200 MW
    • Unit 4: 250 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service: 2016 (Unit II)
  • 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.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Termotasajero S.A. E.S.P.," BNAmericas website, accessed October 2015.
  7. "사람과 공간 - 현대엔지니어링," Hyundai Engineering Magazine, Jan 11, 2016
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Termotasajero 2 entró nuevamente en funcionamiento," La Opinión, March 15, 2016
  9. "TermoTasajero 2 provides 4GWh/d, equivalent to 3pc of national demand," Argus Media, March 23, 2016
  10. "Resolución 1311, por la cual se modifica una Licencia Ambiental," ANLA, October 31, 2014.
  11. "Termotasajero le cumple a la región y la proyecta al desarrollo," Revista Activa, August 26, 2016.

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