Guatemalan Sugar Producers to Generate Electricity with Carbon

The sector is studying the possibility of investing $2.5 billion over seven years in a project to generate electricity from carbon.

Monday, August 30, 2010

Guatemala's sugar mills currently use biomass during the cane-cutting season to generate energy and bunker fuel in the rest of the year. Companies are evaluating whether to replace bunker fuel with mineral carbon, which would require investments of around $2.5 billion over the next seven years.

According to Rodolfo Macdonald, general manager of a Guatemalan association of independent cogeneration companies, the switch in technology would enable them to increase capacity from 320MW to between 450 and 500 MW.

Macdonald added that an invitation for distributors to tender for the supply of energy could be made once exiting contracts near termination in 2013, according to

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