Siemens transports two gas turbines to expand power plants in Bolivia


The first gas turbines of three power plant expansions in Bolivia have been delivered by Siemens.

This order helps support the company in its commitment to increase the power generating capacity of Bolivia by more than 1GW.

Expansion of Termoeléctrica del Sur, Termoeléctrica de Warnes, and Termoeléctrica Entre Rios power plants will help increase the installed power generating capacity of Bolivia's National Interconnected System by 66%, ensuring a reliable supply of electricity to the local population and laying the foundation for a possible energy export.

Manufactured at Siemens' Industrial Turbomachinery in Sweden, the two turbines have a total weight of more than 170t. After being transported from the country’s Norrköping harbour to the docks of Arica in Chile, the machines were then transported from Chile to the construction site at Termoeléctrica del Sur in Bolivia by truck.

The two gas turbines will be installed to drive the electrical generators, which will generate enough steam to power the steam turbine, enhancing efficiency of the plants to more than 50%.

"Modern technologies will make a significant contribution to improve access to electricity for the growing population and the developing economy."

Under the deal, Siemens will be responsible for delivering 14 units of industrial gas turbines, 11 units of steam turbines, and additional power plant equipment.

Siemens' oower and gas division chief executive officer (CEO) Willi Meixner said: “With this project, we achieve the fastest, most efficient, and most cost-effective expansion of the power generating capacities in Bolivia.

“The country will save a lot of natural gas by the distinct increase of efficiency of the three power plants. And of course also the environment will benefit.

“Modern technologies will make a significant contribution to improve access to electricity for the growing population and the developing economy.”


Image: In total, power plant equipment from three continents will be delivered to Bolivia and up to 400 heavy load transports will cross the Andes to bring equipment to the three power plant construction sites in Bolivia. Photo: courtesy of Siemens.