Alstom to supply two gas turbines to Kelar combined-cycle power plant in Chile

9 April 2014 (Last Updated April 9th, 2014 18:30)

Alstom has won contracts worth over worth over €100m for the Kelar combined-cycle power plant in Chile.

Alstom has won contracts worth more than €100m for the Kelar combined-cycle power plant in Chile.

Under the contract, the company will supply two GT13E2 gas turbines and long-term services for the power plant.

Samsung Engineering will implement the project on an engineering, procurement and construction basis (EPC). The units are expected to be commissioned at the end of 2016.

Located in Mejillones, the Kelar power plant will have a capacity of 517MW and will supply the power needs of the mining activity of Minera Escondida and its associated activities, belonging to BHP Billiton.

The gas turbines will be equipped with the latest development of Alstom's new Advanced EnVironmental (AEV) burner, which employs a new continuous fuel variation concept as the basis for more flexible and reliable operations.

"The Kelar power plant will have a capacity of 517MW and will supply the power needs of the mining activity of Minera Escondida."

The burner also introduces emissions-compliant low-load operation, which enables operators to react to demand changes rapidly and reduce maintenance costs by reducing the frequency of plant shutdowns.

The last totally new combined-cycle power plant in Chile was the Tocopilla project in 2000, which was completely built and supplied by Alstom.

Alstom senior vice-president gas business Steve Meszaros said: "We are proud to see that the market has once again recognised our gas turbines as the most suitable for Chile's conditions and operational needs. The mining activity needs a reliable, competitive and clean power supply that allows them to run 24/7 while supporting their expansion projects."

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