Gas- and Oil-Fired Plants in South America
Barranquilla
Location: Colombia
Operator: Termobarranquilla SA
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW (dac), 2 X 66 MW
Operation: 1972-1980
Fuel: fuel oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: EVT, Distral
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Siemens

Photograph courtesy of Colmaquinas SA
Posted 6 May 2012

Jose Batlle y Ordonez
Location: Uruguay
Operator: UTE
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW, 1 X 88 MW, 1 X 125 MW
Operation: 1955-1975
Fuel: fuel oil
Boiler supplier: B&W, Tosi, Ansaldo
T/G supplier: BBC
EPC: CEM
Quick facts: This is Uruguay's only conventional steam-electric power plant.

Photograph courtesy of Admin Nac de Usinas y Trans Elec (UTE)
Posted 7 Feb 2004

Planta Centro
Location: Venezuela
Operator: Corpoelec - Empresa Electrica Socialista
Configuration: 5 X 400 MW
Operation: 1979-1985
Fuel: fuel oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: Borsig, Babcock-Hitachi
T/G supplier: Siemens, BBC, Hitachi
Quick facts: This is the largest thermal power plant in South America. Unit-2 was previously converted to dual fuel capability and Cadafe completed converting the remaining boilers in 2007. This was part of a $500mn modernization and overhaul of the plant.

Photograph courtesy of CA Admin y Fomento Electrico (Cadafe)
Posted 10 Sep 2005

Planta Centro No 6
Location: Venezuela
Operator: Corpoelec - Empresa Electrica Socialista
Configuration: 1 X 600 MW
Operation: 2016
Fuel: fuel oil, natural gas
Boiler supplier: Dongfang
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: Central Southern China Electric Power Design Institute, Sichuan No 2 Electric Power Construction Co,
Quick facts: This project will cost about $1.4bn. Work got underway in Jan 2013.

Photograph courtesy of Sepco No 3 Huafeng
Posted 20 Feb 2016

Ricardo Zuloaga (Tacoa)
Location: Venezuela
Operator: Corpoelec - Empresa Electrica Socialista
Configuration: 2 X 40 MW, 2 X 60 MW, 2 X 72 MW, 3 X 460 MW
Operation: 1956-1981
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: B&W, Babcock Power, MHI
T/G supplier: BBC, GE, Westinghouse, Toshiba
Quick facts: This is the second largest conventional power plant in South America. It was named after the founder of Elecar, later a subsidiary of AES Corp and now re-nationalized. In 2003/04, Toshiba completed a comprehensive overhaul of the I&C systems on the 460-MW sets. In Dec 1982, the plant was the site of a large fire in a No 6 oil fuel tank. The fire and a subsequent explosion killed numerous onlookers and safety and security personnel.

Photograph courtesy of CA La Electricidad de Caracas
Re-posted 22 Dec 2001

Termocartagena
Location: Colombia
Operator: EMGESA SA
Configuration: 2 X 66 MW, 1 X 71 MW
Operation: 1973-1980
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Distral
T/G supplier: WH, Siemens
Quick facts: The plant was previously owned and operated by Corp Electrica de la Costa Atlántica (CORELCA), a regional power company owned by the Ministry of Mines and Energy. In Sep 1996, the plant was transferred to a new genco and 99.9% of its shares were sold by the government. Later taken over by EMGESA.

Photograph courtesy of Termocartagena SA ESP
Posted 9 Nov 2004

Termoesmeraldas
Location: Ecuador
Operator: CELEC Termoesmeraldas
Configuration: 1 X 132.5 MW
Operation: 1982
Fuel: fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Tosi, Marelli
EPC: Ansaldo, Elettra Progetti, GIE
Quick facts: Construction at Termoesmeraldas began on 18 Sep 1978 and the unit was synchronized on 8 Mar 1982. The plant went commercial for INECEL on 1 Aug 1982. The site is adjacent to Refinería de Esmeraldas on the Rio Teaone.

Photograph courtesy of www.lahora.com.ec
Posted 5 Feb 2011

Trinitaria
Location: Ecuador
Operator: CELEC Electroguayas
Configuration: 1 X 133 MW
Operation: 1997
Fuel: Bunker C
Boiler supplier: B&W Espanola
T/G supplier: ABB
EPC: Initec Energia, Santos CMI
Quick facts: The contract for Trinitaria was signed in Oct 1994, construction began in Jan 1995, and commercial operation was on 16 Nov 1997. The plant was largely funded by the Spanish government and is connected to the grid at 138kV.

Photograph courtesy of Electroguayas SA
Posted 19 Jul 2006

Zevallos
Location: Ecuador
Operator: CELEC Electroguayas
Configuration: 2 X 73 MW, 1 X 32 MW GT
Operation: 1976-1979
Fuel: fuel oil, diesel oil
Boiler supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, PW
EPC: Santos CMI

Photograph courtesy of Electroguayas SA
Posted 19 Jul 2006

Abbreviations

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

Updated 20-Feb-2016

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