New Geothermal Power Plant in El Salvador

Explorations by LaGeo point out that the country's third geothermal energy plant could be located in Chinameca.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Napoleón Guerrero is the president of energy company LaGeo. He states that in the current stage of the exploration process "...evidence suggests Chinameca as the location of the third geothermal energy plant".

"As of now, LaGeo operates two geothermal plants, one in Berlín, Usulután, and the other in Ahuachapán", reports, "... in June, geothermal generation represented 26%, 180 MW".

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Another Geothermal Field in El Salvador

August 2013

After an initial phase of exploration in Chinameca, San Miguel, LaGeo is to start feasibility studies for a 50 MW plant.

"The whole project takes four years from drilling up until it is exploited, depending on the soil type you have. We believe that it will be functioning by 2016 or 2017," said the president of the geothermal power generation company (LaGeo), Julio Valdivieso.

New Geothermal Well in El Salvador

May 2013

LaGeo could exploit geothermal energy in a new well located in San Vicente, generating 30 to 40 megawatts.

The company LaGeo invested about $24 million in the exploration which led to the discovery of the new geothermal source.

As outlined in an article in, the Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River (CEL), a partner in the LA GEO which belongs to the Italian company Enel, states that "a possible plant could generate more than $37 million in annual revenues for the company."

Geothermal Energy in Central America

January 2013

The region’s geothermal power generation plants exploit only 4% of its estimated potential of 13,000 MW.

Located in a region of considerable volcanic activity, Central America has excellent features for the generation of energy using heat from the earth, however it only generates 506 MW and remains dependent on expensive imported fossil fuels.

Investment in Geothermal Exploration Announced

January 2012

LaGeo, the company dedicated to power generation, has announced an investment of $41 million in geothermal exploration in El Salvador.

The exploration will be directed specifically towards the fields of Chinameca and San Vicente, over which the company holds a concession, announced its president Julio Valdivieso.

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