GE has secured an extension to its maintenance services contract with Central Puerto for the 760MW combined-cycle power plant in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Worth more than $70m, the contract has been extended by nine years and is the first order for GE’s advanced digital power plant solutions in Argentina.

Central Puerto’s chief strategy officer José Luis Morea said: “We are pleased this project incorporates the latest digital technology into our multiyear agreement with GE to help us ensure our Central Puerto power plant operates at the highest levels of reliability and availability.

“This station is crucial to the reliability of the power grid in Buenos Aires, requiring it operates at the best possible performance levels and generates the equivalent power needed to supply more than 500,000 homes in the country.”

“This station is crucial to the reliability of the power grid in Buenos Aires.”

The deal offers Central Puerto a range of GE’s power generation technologies, including a full power station distributed control system upgrade, a liquid fuel-filtering system, improved balance of plant equipment, and comprehensive services to maintain the station’s boilers, condenser, and steam turbine.

GE’s power services business in Latin America regional general manager Ramon Paramio said: “With Argentina’s increasing energy demands, power plants such as Central Puerto are finding innovative ways to improve the reliability and performance of their plant operations to address the country’s needs.

“GE’s total plant solutions allow us to enhance our offerings to provide the latest digital technologies, which will help Central Puerto be better positioned to compete in a fast growing power generation marketplace.”