CCGT Power Plants in Chile
Antilhue
Location: X Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 2 X 51.5-MW LM6000 PC Sprint gas turbines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: GE, Brush
EPC: Constructora Gardilcic
Quick facts: These machines in Valdiva went into operation in Jun and Sep 2005, respectively.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun SA
Re-posted 20 Jun 2015

Atacama
Location: II Region
Operator: GasAtacama Generacion SA
Configuration: Two 370-MW, 2+1 CCGT blocks with 9001E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 1999-2000
HRSG supplier: GEC Alstom
T/G supplier: EGT, GEC Alstom
EPC: GEC Alstom, ingendesa
Quick facts: In Aug 1997, GEC Alstom secured a 132mn contract to build the plant and construction began in Oct 1997.The GasAtacama pipeline and power plant project was developed by a 50:50 joint venture of Endesa and CMS Energy Corp. The 940km pipeline originates in Salta, Argentina, and runs to Mejillones. In Nov 1997, pipeline construction began in Chile and the $750mn pipeline began operation at the end of Jun 1999. The CCGT plant is connected to the SING grid by two 220kV lines. Average production is about 3 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of ingendesa
Posted 13 Jan 2008

Candelaria
Location: VI Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 2 X 123 MW 9001E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: In Oct 2003, Colbun received environmental permits for this GT plant in Mostazal. Construction work started in Mar 2004. Four machines were orginally planned for the site, but continued uncertainty regarding long-term gas supply led to its down-sizing.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun
Posted 20 Jun 2015

Cardones
Location: III Region
Operator: Central Cardones SA
Configuration: 1 X 160 MW SGT5-2000E gas turbine
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Duro Felguera, Grupo Isatur
Quick facts: Siemens got the contract for the Tierra Amarilla peaking unit in Nov 2007 from Southern Cross Group. It was acquired by IC Power in Dec 2011. The power station is located 17km south of Copiapó in a mining-intensive area. It can operated on natural gas if available.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo Isatur
Posted 29 Oct 2011

Colmito
Location: V Region
Operator: Tinguiririca Energia
Configuration: 1 X 60 MW Trent 60 gas turbine
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2008
T/G supplier: Rolls-Royce
EPC: Constructora Gardilcic
Quick facts: In Mar 2006, Tinguiririca Energia, a JV of Pacfic Power and SN Power, received approval from Conama for this new gas turbine plant at Concon. The machine was commissioned inAug 2008. This was the first Trent 60 GT online in South America and among the first to run on diesel oil.

Photograph courtesy of Tinguiririca Energia
Posted 25 Apr 2012

Diego de Almagro
Location: I Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 2 X 23-MW 5001N gas turbines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 1982
T/G supplier: Hitachi

Photograph courtesy of CDEC-SIC
Posted 9 Mar 2008

Husaco GT
Location: III Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 3 X 21-MW 5001N gas turbines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 1976-1977
T/G supplier: Hitachi

Photograph courtesy of CDEC-SIC
Posted 9 Mar 2008

Los Pinos
Location: VIII Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 1 X 100 MW LMS100 gas turbine
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: This GT is in Cabrero, Biobio Region.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun
Posted 20 Jun 2015

Los Vientos
Location: II Region
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 1 X 126 MW 9001E gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: General Electric
EPC: Skansa
Quick facts: This peaking unit is in Lay-Llay, 90km north of Santiago. The GT was shipped from Greenville SC in Dec 2005 and the plant was opened on 4 Dec 2006.

Photograph courtesy of AES Gener
Posted 29 Oct 2011

Mejillones
Location: II Region
Operator: E-CL
Configuration: 250-MW, 1+1 CCGT with V94.2 gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2000
HRSG supplier: Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Ansaldo, Siemens
EPC: Ansaldo
Quick facts: In April 1998, Edelnor signed a $100mn turnkey contract with Ansaldo for construction of this combined-cycle. The plant came online in March 2000. Gas is from Argentina via the GasAtacama pipeline.

Photograph courtesy of Edelnor
Posted 15 Sep 2005

Nehuenco-I
Location: V Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 368-MW, single-shaft CCGT with V94.3A gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 1999
HRSG supplier: CMI
T/G supplier: Siemens, Ansaldo
EPC: Siemens, Ansaldo
Quick facts: In Jul 1996, Siemens in consortium with Ansaldo received a $132mn contract for this CCGT in Quillota, 80km northwest of Santiago. It was completed in Jan 1999, 8mos months behind schedule, but the GT had mechanical issues in Apr and again in Jul which kept it offline for 4mos during severe drought conditions. In Sep 1999, Siemens agreed to pay Colbun $60mn for delays and operational interruptions and accept delayed payments of $70mn withheld by the utility.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun SA
Posted 20 Jun 2015

Nehuenco-II
Location: V Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 398-MW, 1+1 CCGT with 9001FA+e gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2003-2004
HRSG supplier: CMI
T/G supplier: GE, Alstom
Quick facts: This is the second CCGT block at the Nehuenco site. In Jun 2003, simmple-cycle operation began and the steamer went onl in Mar 2004. Nehuenco-UII cost about $200mn.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun SA
Posted 20 Jun 2015

Nehuenco-III
Location: V Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 1 X 108-MW 9001B gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: In Apr 2000, Colbun announced that it would add a gas turbine to the Nehunco site and. 2mos later, the utility submitted an EIS for the project.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun SA
Re-posted 20 Jun 2015

Nueva Renca
Location: Region Metro
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 370-MW, 1+1 CCGT with 9001FA gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 1998
HRSG supplier: Vogt
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Bechtel
Quick facts: Nueva Renca was the first gas-fired CCGT in Chile and was built by Electrica Santiago, then owned by Gener (51%), Duke Energy (24%), Nova Gas (15%), and CGE (10%). The site was formerly used for storing coal for Gener's Renca power plant. Bids for the new plant were invited in Dec 1994 and, in Oct 1995, the owners signed contracts with GE and Bechtel for the plant. In Oct 1996, the authorities approved the plant's EIS, the plant was synchronized in Oct 1997, and turned over for full dispatch in Apr 1998. The transmission line between Renca and Cerro Navia was reinforced to take the additional generation.

Photograph courtesy of AES Gener
Posted 29 Jan 2006

Quintero
Location: V Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 2 X 128.5-MW 5001N gas turbines
Fuel: gas, oil
Operation: 2009
T/G supplier: GE, Brush
EPC: Sigdo Koppers
Quick facts: In Jul 2007, Endesa submitted an EIA for the Quintero gas turbine project and it was approved in Aug 2008. The new GTs went commercial in Jul and Sep 2009, respectively, at a site near the LNG plant at Quintero. Abengoa built a new tie-line and substation to connect to the SIC. The plant started on diesel oil and switched over to gas after the LNG terminal was completed.

Photograph courtesy of Endesa
Posted 12 May 2012

San Isidro-I
Location: Region Metro
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 379-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle with M701F gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 1998
HRSG supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
EPC: MHI, Abengoa, ingendesa
Quick facts: The San Isidro plant is 8km east of Quillota. Production is about 2.3 TWh/yr. Gas is generally supplied from Argentina, but diesel oil can be used for backup.

Photograph courtesy of ingendesa
Posted 12 Jan 2008

San Isidro-II
Location: Region Metro
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 406-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle with M701F gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2007-2008
HRSG supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
EPC: MHI
Quick facts: In Jan 2005, the Endesa board approved construction of a $190mn second block at San Isidro with a preliminary construction contract and 12yr LTSA. In Aug 2005, MHI received a full-turnkey order for construction. San Isidro-II began open-cycle operation in Mar 2007 and combined-cycle operations in Jan 2008, about 2mos ahead of schedule.

Photograph courtesy of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries
Posted 20 Jun 2015

San Lorenzo
Location: III Region
Operator: Enlasa Generacion Chile SA
Configuration: 2 X 30-MW 6001B gas turbines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2009-2010
T/G supplier: Nanjing, General Electric
EPC: Turbomecanica Andina
Quick facts: This IPP is in Diego de Almagro commune. The first GT went commercial in Sep 2009 and the second in Jan 2010. The plant has a 100 MVA switchyard connectinig to Transelec's 220kV grid. The photo shows Unit-1 during assembly.

Photograph courtesy of Enlasa Generacion Chile SA
Posted 18 Nov 2012

 
Taltal
Location: II Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 2 X 121.5 MW 9001E gas turbines
Fuel: natural gas, diesel oil
Operation: 2000
T/G supplier: General Electric
EPC: ingendesa
Quick facts: In Aug 1997, Alstom received a $160mn contract for this plant at Paposo 55km of the port of Taltal. Construction of the first machine was accelerated due to the severe drought and it went into service in Sep 1999. In Mar 2000, Techint completed construction of a $41mn, 230km pipeline extension to the plant. Two 180km, 220kV lines run from the plant to the Diego de Almagro Substation.

Photograph courtesy of ingendesa
Posted 13 Jan 2008

Tocopilla CC
Location: II Region
Operator: E-CL
Configuration: 400-MW, single-shaft CCGT with GT26B gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas
Operation: 2001
HRSG supplier: CMI
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: ABB
Quick facts: E-Cl and its predecessor companies have been working in the Tocopilla region for 90yrs. Tocopilla Unit-16 went commercial on 23 Feb 2001.

Photograph courtesy of E-CL
Posted 28 Dec 2011

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 20-Jun-2015

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