Siemens has secured the construction order for a new combined cycle power plant located in the Port of Açu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
The Gás Natural Açu 1 plant is the first completely integrated liquid natural gas (LNG)-to-power project, which includes construction of a 1.3GW power plant, LNG import and regasification terminal, substation and a transmission line to link the facility to the grid.
Siemens developed the project along with British Petroleum (BP) and Prumo. It is also building the combined power plant on a turnkey basis through a consortium with Brazilian construction company Andrade Gutierrez.
The company will deliver a complete power island with three H-class gas turbines, one steam turbine, four generators, a heat recovery steam generators and instrumentation and control systems.
Siemens also signed a long-term service agreement and will operate and maintain the plant to help ensure reliability, availability and operational performance. It also offers equity investment and owns one-third of the project company GNA along with the Prumo Logística and BP.
GNA 1 is the first phase of the Açu Gas Hub, a project which will offer logistics solution for the reception, processing, consumption and transportation of natural gas from Campos and Santos Basins, as well as import and storage of LNG. Its total project volume is around €1bn.
Construction started last year and the hub is expected to commence operations in 2021.
Siemens Gas and Power and Siemens managing board member Lisa Davis said: “Our participation in GNA demonstrates Siemens commitment to new commercial strategies that address the evolving challenges of an increasingly demanding energy market.
“By integrating our offer along the energy value chain, the GNA 1 project clearly validates our comprehensive LNG-to-power approach, which increases value to our partners and better meets the needs of the societies in which we operate.
“We look forward to continuing our innovative market approach with our global partners and supporting guaranteed electricity tariffs for our customers. I’m confident we will see more of this type of business model in the future.”
Açu will eventually become the largest thermal power complex in Latin America with a total capacity of 3GW.