CCGT Power Plants in Chile
Antilhue
Location: X Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 2 X 50-MW LM6000 gas turbines
Fuel: diesel oil
Operation: 2005
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Constructora Gardilcic
Quick facts: These machines went into operation in Jun and Sep 2005, respectively.

Photograph courtesy of CDEC-SIC
Posted 9 Mar 2008

Atacama
Location: II Region
Operator: GasAtacama Generacion SA
Configuration: Two 370-MW, 2+1 combined-cycle 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. GasAtacama has a long-term electricity sales contract with Emel's three electric distribution utilities and the CCGT plant is connected to the Sistema Interconectado del Norte Grande (SING) grid by two 220kV lines. Average production is about 3 TWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of ingendesa
Posted 13 Jan 2008

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 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 combined-cycle 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 TG 1
Location: V Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 1 X 108-MW 9001B gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 2002
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: In Apr 2000, Colbun announced that it would add a gas turbine to the Nehunco CCGT plant and two months later, the utility submitted an EIS for the simple-cycle project.

Photograph courtesy of CDEC-SIC
Posted 12 Feb 2008

Nueva Renca
Location: Region Metro
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 370-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle 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 combined-cycle plant 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 October 1995, the owners signed contracts with General Electric 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-1
Location: Region Metro
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 379-MW, 1+1 combined-cycle with M701F gas turbine
Fuel: natural gas, oil
Operation: 1998
HRSG supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
EPC: MHI, Abengoa, ingendesa
Quick facts: The San Isidro plan is 8km east of Quillota. It was the first full-scale CCGT plant in Chile. Production is about 2.3 TWh/yr. Gas is generally supplied from Argentina, but diesel oil can be used for backup. A second block is under construction for service in 2008.

Photograph courtesy of ingendesa
Posted 12 Jan 2008

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 August 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 26-Oct-2014

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