Latin America/Caribbean21 September 2001
GE Power Systems has won orders for gas turbines in Argentina, Guatemala and Jamaica. In Jamaica the company is to supply two gas turbines and a steam turbine for a 120 MW combined cycle power plant. The project will be constructed at the site of the existing Plant Bogue at Montego Bay, owned by Jamaica Public Service Co Ltd. Fired with distillate fuel, the plant is scheduled to start operating in simple cycle mode in August 2002 and to be fully operational by May 2003. The project will include two Frame 6B gas turbines manufactured in Essen, Germany. The steam turbine generator will be produced in Florence, Italy.
The Argentine project involves supplying a gas turbine to Pluspetrol Exploraci¢n y Produccion for the expansion of the company's Central Termica Pluspetrol Norte II plant at El Bracho, Tucum Province. Under a turnkey deal worth around $30 million, GE will supply a single MS9001E turbine providing, GE says, in excess of 116 MW for the power station. The new machine will join another GE 9E turbine already operating in simple cycle mode at the site. The unit, due to enter service in December 2002, will burn natural gas.
Meanwhile GE Aeroderivative and Package Services (GEAPS) has secured orders to uprate two GE LM6000PA gas turbines to LM6000PC or equivalent. One unit is owned by Pluspetrol in Argentina, the second by Tampa Centro Americana de Electricidad in Guatemala. Under the first contract GEAPS is supplying and installing an engine upgrade kit to convert Pluspetrol's existing turbine. The company will also undertake various repairs on the uprated engine. The second contract involves providing onsite package conversion services at the Alborada power station in Guatemala which comprises two LM6000 turbines generating 78 MW in simple cycle mode. One unit has now been upgraded, achieving an increase of 7 per cent in power output, GE claims. The plant is used for peaking power service.