GE’s Power Services business has secured orders worth more than $310m in Latin America.
The deals involve three power plants: a new project being built in Mexico and existing facilities in Chile and on Trinidad and Tobago.
The Mexican plant will be a natural gas combined-cycle facility in the Pesquería area of the state of Nuevo León. It will have a capacity of between 850-900 MW and is being built by the TECHINT Group for three of its industrial companies, Tenaris, Ternium and Tecpetrol.
GE will provide long-term maintenance services for three 7FA.05 gas turbines and a D11 steam turbine and the plant is expected to begin commercial operation towards the end of next year.
Humberto Fernandez, project director for TECHINT Group, said that the Mexican government had “embarked on an ambitious campaign to reform its energy sector and support the investment in new energy production and transportation infrastructure”. He added that “GE’s advanced generating technology and power plant services capabilities will help us optimize the availability of our power plant assets”.
In Chile, GE Power Services signed a 15-year agreement with Sociedad Eléctrica Santiago to provide long-term services for the Nueva Renca Power Plant, a 379 MW natural gas combined-cycle power plant in Santiago.
The plant is powered by one 9FA gas turbine in combined-cycle mode with a GE D11 steam turbine and GE said that upgrades to the 9FA “were critical to the stability of the grid in Chile”.
The Trinidad and Tobago deal will see GE’s Power Services business replace two MS7001E (Frame 7E) gas turbines at the 236 MW Pental Power Station with two new MS7001EA (Frame 7EA) units.
The upgrade project marks the first flange-to-flange gas turbine replacement in the Latin America/Caribbean region for GE and is expected to improve the combined-cycle plant’s efficiency and increase of its output by 26 MW.
Ramon Paramio, general manager of GE’s Power Services business in Latin America, said that the projects in Chile and Trinidad and Tobago “illustrate the vital efficiency advantages that utilities can gain from modernizing their older power plants”.
“There is a growing trend in the Latin American/Caribbean region to focus on modernizing these older power plants to make them more energy efficient and increase their fuel flexibility. These two projects will serve as models for other Latin American and Caribbean utilities that are operating more mature gas turbine fleets."