Magdalena Sugar Mill plant

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-LatinAmericacoal}}Magdalena Sugar Mill plant is a coal- and biomass-fired plant located in La Democracia, Escuintla, Guatemala.


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In September 2011, Ingenio Magdalena (the Magdalena Sugar Mill) announced plans to convert its onsite power plant to run on a mix of biomass and coal, and to increase generation capacity to 120 megawatts with the installation of two 60 MW turbo-generators. The upgraded units are designed to run on bagasse (cellulose fiber from crushed sugar cane stalks) during the November to May harvest season, then switch to coal between June and October.[1][2] The first of the two new units came online in November 2012,[3][4] and the second began generating power in late 2014.[5][6]

In addition to Ingenio Magdalena, several other Guatemalan sugar mills (Palo Gordo, Pantaleón, San Diego, Magdalena, Madre Tierra, Santa Ana, and San Isidro) are also developing small-scale electrical plants fueled by the same mix of coal and sugar cane residue.[7][8][9][10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Magdalena Sugar
  • Parent company: Magdalena Sugar
  • Location: La Democracia, Escuintla, Guatemala
  • Coordinates: 14.121556, -90.92725 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Unit 1: Operating (2012)
    • Unit 2: Operating (2014)
  • Gross Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 60 MW
    • Unit 2: 60 MW
  • Type:
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  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Guatemala: $8.9 million Investment in Coal-Based Electricity," Central America Data, Sep. 27, 2011.
  2. "Ingenios producirán energía con carbón," El Periódico, Sep. 27, 2011.
  3. "More Energy From Sugar Mills," Central America Data, November 21, 2012.
  4. "Ingenio Magdalena pone en operación planta generadora," El Periódico, November 21, 2012.
  5. "Generación eléctrica por medio de carbón gana terreno en Guatemala,", América Economía, September 25, 2013.
  6. "Nuestros productos: Energía,", Ingenio Magdalena website, accessed January 2017.
  7. "Guatemala: inauguran planta térmica de generación eléctrica,", Estrategia y Negocios, October 27, 2014.
  8. "Guatemala: Plantas de carbón aportarán 900 MW,", Revista Summa, January 5, 2015.
  9. "Ingenios dejan búnker,", Prensa Libre, August 12, 2015.
  10. "Ingenio Magdalena inaugura planta eléctrica en Retalhuleu,", Prensa Libre, May 20, 2016.

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