Argentina thermo plant startup imminent - ministry

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

The first gas-fired turbine at Argentina's Vuelta de Obligado combined cycle plant began operating in test mode.

The facility will start injecting power into the SADI grid in the coming weeks, a release from the state planning ministry said.

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The power station will consist of two GE open cycle turbines with a combined 540MW capacity, followed by a steam turbine that will bring total capacity to 810MW without increasing the plant's fuel consumption.

The second gas turbine is expected to start operating in test mode in the coming days, with closing of the combined cycle scheduled for next year.

Located in Timbues, Santa Fe province, Vuelta de Obligado is part of a thermo complex that includes the 800MW José de San Martín combined cycle plant.

Vuelta de Obligado is a JV between Sadesa (56%), Endesa (41%) and Duke Energy (3%).

SAN JUAN PROVINCE'S WIND AND SOLAR POTENTIAL

In related news, Argentina's San Juan provincial government announced this week the completion of a study to determine the province's potential for wind and solar energy.

"It's uncommon to find a zone with so much potential for both wind and solar power," Diego Werner, whose firm Aires Renewables conducted the study with US-based AWS Truepower, was quoted as saying.

The firms presented a map detailing the most promising zones for each renewable energy source, showing that localities Barreal and Tocota were best suited to wind power.

Additionally, the study found that solar radiation levels in Tocota are 20% higher than at the province's Ullum PV plant, meaning that a generation project combining the two technologies could be feasible, Werner said.

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