South America, Caribbean power roundup

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ecuador state power generation holding company Celec reported that the rotor of the generator of the second unit at the 275MW Minas San Francisco hydroelectric project on the border of provinces Azuay and El Oro was lowered into place.


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Coordinador Eléctrico Nacional and XM, the respective grid operators of Chile and Colombia, signed a cooperation agreement to promote and advance joint activities related to the implementation and optimization of real-time control systems.

The deal also envisions analysis and studies of operating conditions amid the further integration of solar and wind technologies.

Maximum power demand (CREDIT: BNamericas Data Analytics)


The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) took delivery of a 22MW unit (pictured below) for the Randolph Harley power plant on St Thomas, and entered into a formal agreement with Wärtsila for three new 7MW units with an option to purchase an additional three in 2018.

"The [22MW] unit [26], when dispatched with units 15 and 25, will exceed the capacity needed to meet peak electrical demand in the district. Additionally, we can finally take our largest generator, unit 23, off-line for its long-delayed maintenance overhaul and subsequent conversion to LPG as its primary fuel source," WAPA chief executive Julio Rhymer said in a statement.

The new LPG-fired units are expected on the island by year-end with installation due to be completed in early 2018, while unit 26, capable of burning diesel oil and propane, will be on-line by end-April.



Caribbean Utilities (CUC) closed a first US$40mn tranche of an aggregate US$60mn private placement of senior unsecured notes.

"Proceeds from the offering will be used to repay short-term indebtedness and to finance ongoing additions and upgrades to CUC's generation and transmission and distribution system," the company said in a statement.