Finland-based engineering company Pöyry has secured an extension assignment from Uruguayan national electricity company UTE to provide supervisory services during development and commissioning of the 510MW Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) project.

UTE's director Walter Sosa said: “The CCPP under construction in Uruguay is currently the largest investment made by UTE and it is also important for the electrical system of our country because it will allow a thermal back-up, which will perfectly complement the recent strong development of renewable energies.”

Named the Punta del Tigre CCPP, the project is the first combined cycle thermal power plant in Uruguay and will assist in diversifying the country's energy mix in an environmentally sustainable manner.

This will help reduce adverse effects caused on the country's energy system during the years when low rainfall affects hydroelectric power generation.

"The Punta del Tigre CCPP is the first combined cycle thermal power plant in Uruguay."

Pöyry's Italy thermal and renewable power country manager Alessio Giuffra said: “The collaboration established between UTE and Pöyry teams working together at the plant building site, supported remotely by the Genoa engineering office in Italy, allowed a strong common trust to be built.

“This new work extension is the result of the client's confidence in the quality of Pöyry services. We are grateful to UTE and we look forward to helping the client overcome the new challenges that this project will pose.”

The value of the order has not yet been disclosed.

Image: UTE’s 510MW Combined Cycle Power Plant project in Punta del Tigre, Uruguay. Photo: courtesy of Pöyry.