Alstom has been awarded contracts worth over €100 million for a project based in Mejillones, north of Chile.
Alstom will supply two GT13E2 gas turbines and long term services for the Kelar combined-cycle power plant. The turbines will be fully equipped with the latest Alstom technology – the new Advanced EnVironmental (AEV) burner which uses new continuous fuel variation. This enables a more reliable and flexible functionality. Additionally, the turbine includes emissions-compliant low-load operation, enabling operators to react to demand changes rapidly and subsequently reduce maintenance costs through reducing the frequency of plant closures.
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 units are set to be commissioned by the end of 2016 and the engineering, procurement and construction will be carried out by Samsung Engeering.
This project demonstrates Alstom’s contribution to Chile’s energy needs of operational flexibility and clean power. Stricter emissions regulations are also at the forefront of power plants in the country.