Argentina watch: Wärtsilä, solar tender, Vuelta de Obligado, Salta NCRE

Monday, December 1, 2014

Wärtsilä to supply engines for Argentine thermo plant

Finnish power company Wärtsilä will supply four liquid fuel-powered engines for a 35.6MW power plant owned by Italy's Enel at the Costanera thermoelectric complex in Argentina.

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The low-speed, high-efficiency engines will have a capacity of 8.9MW each and are designed to run on heavy fuel oil or gasoil, a company statement said.

The plant is scheduled to launch operations eight months from now, with the official opening scheduled for June 1, 2015.

Located in Buenos Aires, the Costanera complex includes eight plants with a total installed capacity of 2.32GW, comprising six conventional cycle gas plants (total capacity 1.14GW) and two combined-cycle plants (total capacity 1.19GW).

Santa Fe province tenders solar plant

The Santa Fe provincial government will open bids on December 17 for a tender to build a photovoltaic solar plant with 1.26GWh/y capacity, in the city of San Lorenzo.

The call stipulates a six-month construction period, a government statement said, after which the winning builder will continue to operate the plant for three months while training state employees, who will operate the plant long term.

The government will use revenue generated from power sales to invest in new generation projects in the province. The official budget for the tender is 34.4mn pesos (US$4.03mn).

Turbine test successful at Santa Fe thermo plant

Argentina's planning ministry reported successful testing of the second turbine at the Vuelta de Obligado thermo plant in the locality of Timbúes, Santa Fe province.

The 540MW combined-cycle gas plant will begin injecting power this week into the country's interconnected system, a ministry release said.

The plant consists of two gas-powered turbines to which a steam turbine will be added, bringing its total capacity to 810MW. Vuelta de Obligado is a JV comprising power companies Sadesa (56%), Endesa (41%) and Duke Energy (3%).

Salta province unveils NCRE plan

Finally, the Salta provincial government presented its renewable energy plan, a public-private initiative to support non-conventional renewable energy (NCRE) development in the province.

The initiative is designed to make local industry more competitive and improve residents' quality of life, a government release said.

Salta is the country's only province with a net metering law on the books, meaning that residents and businesses which produce NCRE for self-consumption can be compensated for injecting excess output into the national grid.