GE and AES Gener to Modernize Power Plants in Chile

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By Editors of Power Engineering

AES Gener S.A., the second-largest power generation company in Chile, has signed a multiyear agreement with GE’s Power Services for services and tools to overhaul up to nine steam turbines and generators at four thermal-fired power plants helping to address the nation’s electricity demands,

A press release from GE indicates Chile’s power needs are increasing at 3.5 percent each year.

“Given our need to keep reliable maintenance procedures for our thermal-fired power plants to help address the country’s energy demands, we selected GE because they have the expertise to service steam turbines and generators from different manufacturers and the proven local service facilities and labor resources required to successfully complete our projects,” said Javier Giorgio, chief executive officer for AES Gener.

The first of the nine turbine-generator projects began in September, when GE overhauled a steam turbine and generator at the 264-MW Nueva Tocopilla thermal-fired power plant in the Antofagasta region, 1,500 kilometers from Santiago de Chile.

 The turbine-generator service agreement comes less than a year after GE and Sociedad Eléctrica Santiago SpA, an entity controlled by AES Gener, announced a 15-year services agreement for the 379-MW Nueva Renca Power Plant, a natural gas combined-cycle power plant in the Santiago region. The Nueva Renca plant is powered by one GE 9FA gas turbine in combined-cycle mode with a GE D11 steam turbine.

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