GE Steam Turbine Selected For One Of Largest Power Plants In Chile
GE Energy’s steam turbine-generator technology has been selected by Colbun S.A., one of the Chile’s largest electricity generators, for installation at one of the largest pulverized coal thermal power plants in the country.
The new plant, Coronel, will be located in the central Chilean region of Bio-Bio. The Coronel facility will be owned and operated by Colbun and is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2010.
“The model RH D5, sub-critical steam turbine we are providing for this project will be among the first 350-megawatt class steam turbines in the region,” said Guillermo Brooks, GE Energy’s region executive for Latin America. “We’re pleased that our technology has been selected to help meet Chile’s growing energy needs.”
The new plant will burn imported bituminous coal, but also will have the flexibility to use a wide variety of other coals, including local sub-bituminous coal.
The GE equipment for the project will be manufactured primarily at GE facilities in Schenectady, N.Y. The scope of GE’s contracts also includes technical advisory services for the equipment installation, spare parts and training. Maire Engineering SpA of Turin, Italy, is the main EPC contractor for the project.
Colbun S.A. of Santiago is the country’s second largest electricity generator. The company produces and supplies electric energy to the central grid of Chile, and has an installed capacity of 2,364 megawatts. Colbun’s equipment fleet includes a GE 9FA+ gas turbine for the Nehuenco II combined cycle power plant, and two GE 9E gas turbines for the Candelaria power plant. GE services both, through contractual service agreements.
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