Argentina's Santa Fe combined-cycle plant starts up

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Argentina's planning minister, Julio De Vido, announced the startup of the 540MW Vuelta de Obligado combined cycle plant in Santa Fe.

Vuelta de Obligado is the third power plant to come online in the province since 2003, De Vido was quoted as saying by state news agency Télam.

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The gas-fired plant is a JV between power companies Sadesa (56%), Endesa (41%) and Duke Energy (3%). The companies plan to add a steam turbine to the plant, which will bring its total capacity to 810MW.

De Vido also confirmed that 2015 will see the conversion of the Ensenada de Barragán thermo plant to combined cycle and the startup of the 540MW Guillermo Brown thermo plant in Buenos Aires. The latter project will eventually be converted to combined cycle as well.

MOBILE SUBSTATIONS ARRIVE IN BUENOS AIRES

Also from Argentina, the planning ministry announced arrival of the first of three mobile substations to bolster supply in capital Buenos Aires, which experienced a major blackout last week.

Distributor Edesur will install the 35MVA unit at the Santa Rita substation in coming days, with startup expected by end-December.

The 78t, almost 30m long unit arrived at Ezeiza airport aboard an Antonov 124. The second unit is due to arrive in 10 days and the third within 20 days.