Chile firm presents 540MW LNG project

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Thursday, February 5, 2015

Chilean environmental authorities received an EIS for a 540MW combined cycle power station in Limache, Valparaíso region (V).

The US$594mn Los Rulos plant would operate primarily on LNG supplied from the Quintero terminal and connect to the central SIC grid, according to local developer Cerro el Plomo's filing with environmental evaluation service SEA.

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The project would either consist of two 180MW combustion turbines and one 180MW steam turbine, or one 360MW combustion turbine and a 180MW steam turbine.

Works are expected to begin in January 2016, the company said.

Chile's energy ministry (Minenergía) has prioritized the use of LNG and combined cycle plants over coal and diesel fuel for thermal power generation.

Quintero is currently expanding its daily regasification capacity to 15,000m3/d from 10,000m3/d, and is expected to eventually grow capacity to 20,000m3/d.

At least 19 bidders purchased tender rights in an open season regasification capacity call launched by Quintero, local paper Diario Financiero reported.

In Chile's most recent regulated market power supply auction, the country's power distributors awarded a 15-year, 3,800GWh/y supply block to Central El Campesino, the firm that is building the eponymous 640MW combined cycle plant in Biobío region (VIII).

Pictured above: Chile's Mejillones LNG terminal. (CREDIT: AFP)