GE Partners with Bolivian Utility
GE is helping Bolivia meet its growing demand for power by providing its TM2500+ aeroderivative gas turbines to Empresa Electrica Valle Hermoso, a subsidiary of Empresa Nacional de Electricidad (ENDE), for two turnkey projects. As part of the deal, GE Energy’s Digital Energy business will also provide the electrical and mechanical plant services.
Empresa Electrica Valle Hermoso Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Ramos Terán says there is a power emergency in Bolivia, “and consequently, we have a need for fast, reliable power. GE was able to help us meet this need in a project that is providing 24 megawatts of power in just 90 days. GE’s advanced technology and expertise, combined with its ability to meet our needs quickly and efficiently, made them an ideal choice for this important project.”
The projects are taking place in Carrasco, located near Santa Cruz, and Kenko, which is by La Paz. The commercial operations are scheduled to begin in mid-November and February 2012 respectively. GE reports that the TM2500+ can be enable assembled and set-up in just one day and can run on either natural gas or liquid distillate fuels and readily converts from 50 to 60 Hz.
Darryl Wilson, GE Power & Water’s president and CEO for aeroderivative gas turbines explains, “Our TM2500+ trailer-mounted aeroderivative gas turbines have been developed specifically to respond to the need for fast or mobile power. This ability to provide fast, flexible power is helping the Bolivian government quickly meet the growing energy demands it is facing. As GE’s first two TM2500+ units in Latin America, Bolivia will have the latest, proven technology with the added benefit of GE’s extensive expertise.”
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