Guatemala and coal

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Guatemala has no domestic coal production of any significance with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimating that in 2008 only 5 tonnes of lignite was produced. However, the USGS reports that the Government's mining directorate, Direccion General de Minería (DIGEMIN), "has identified coal" as one of a range of minerals "that could provide investment potential for further exploration and development in the country".[1] The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that in 2007 Guatemala consumed 472,000 tonnes of coal.[2]

Power Stations

Coal-fired power stations financed by international public investment institutions

Coal-fired power stations financed by international public investment institutions include:[4]

Proposed stations

Articles and resources


  1. Steven T. Anderson, "The Mineral Industry of Guatemala", U.S. Geological Survey, April 2010.
  2. "Guatemala Energy Profile", U.S. Energy Information Administration, April 2010.
  3. TECO Energy, "San José Power Station", TECO Energy website, accessed April 2010.
  4. "Coal Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions since 1994", Appendix A in 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.

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