GE Power Services business recently signed a multi-year agreement with AES Gener S.A., Chile’s second largest power generation company, to overhaul nine steam turbines and generators at four thermal-fired power plants throughout the nation. The overhaul employs GE’s ability to repair and support steam and generator capacity regardless of the original equipment manufacturer—enabling AES Gener to meet the country’s energy demand, which is increasing 3.5 percent annually.
The country’s energy sector has forecasted an 8-gigawatt generation capacity by 2020. The agreement comes at a time when a more sustainable infrastructure is the focus for area individuals, families as well as businesses in the region.
“Given our need to keep good and reliable maintenance procedures for our thermal-fired power plants to help address the country’s energy demands, we selected GE because they have the expertise to service steam turbines and generators,” said Javier Giorgio, chief operating officer for AES Gener. “With different manufacturers, along with local service facilities and labor resources, we are well-positioned to successfully complete our projects.”
“While part of Chile’s additional generation capacity will come from increased renewable energy production, the nation’s utilities also are making significant investments to increase the output and efficiency of their existing thermal power stations,” said Ramon Paramio, general manager of GE’s Power Services business in Latin America. “To meet the country’s growing demands for cleaner, more affordable electricity, we are excited to support AES’ steam turbine-generator overhaul initiative and demonstrate how our total plant solutions can successfully deliver greater value to our customers throughout the region.”
The first of the nine turbine-generator projects are scheduled began in September 2016 when GE overhauled a steam turbine and generator at the 264-megawatt (MW) Nueva Tocopilla thermal-fired power plant, located in Antofagasta, Chile.