AES Gas Power Plant will Operate in April 2011

The $43 million plant is the first powered by natural gas in El Salvador, and will begin operations in April 2011.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The plant, first of its kind in Central America, will have a generating capacity of 6MW to start, expanding in the future to 24MW.

Abraham Bichara, president of AES El Salvador, told that "AES Nejapa will be launched at an estimated cost of $ 43 million. The investment includes the rights to the methane gas contracted with Mides, the company which owns the landfill."

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AES El Salvador Inaugurates New Plant in Nejapa

November 2011

Having required an investment of $58 million, the first power plant fueled by methane gas in Central America has begun operations.

The plant, which uses gases from the Mides landfill as its main raw material, has an initial average generation capacity of 6MW.

"The landfill handles more than six million tons of solid waste, and the AES plant has installed 3000 meters of piping to extract the gases from garbage,” reads an article on

Grupo AES Invests $43 Million in El Salvador

June 2010

AES will develop the country’s first methane gas power plant.

Works are scheduled to begin on July 7, starting operations on early 2011.

Luis Pérez, manager of the project AES Nejapa, told that “this is a modest plant, which will initially generate 6MW, but has enough technical capacity to eventually output 24MW”.

British firm aims to turn trash dump to power Guatemala

May 2008

Carbon Trade, a British company, aims to produce enough electricity to supply 600 homes from the methane produced by a trash dump in Guatemala.

Christian Siliézar, Carbon Trade's manager for Latin America, said the company had been granted a 25-year concession to use gas from the Las Periqueras dump on the Pacific Coast to generate about one megawatt of power.

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