GE has signed an agreement to perform maintenance of the Central Puerto gas-fired power plant in Argentina.

The 760 MW facility is set to benefit from GE’s new digital power plant solutions and HA gas turbine technology, serving as a model for Latin America in reliability and responsiveness.
Central Puerto gas-fired power plant
The contract is actually an extension of a multiyear maintenance services agreement with Central Puerto to support its combined-cycle power plant in Buenos Aires for an additional nine years.

The over $70 million contract includes the first order in Argentina for GE’s advanced digital power plant solutions.

The purchase of a GE 9HA.01 gas turbine marks GE’s first order for its advanced-efficiency HA gas turbine technology in the Latin American and Caribbean regions.

José Luis Morea, chief strategy officer of Central Puerto said, “This station is crucial to the reliability of the power grid in Buenos Aires, requiring that it operates at the best possible performance levels and generating the equivalent power needed to supply more than 500,000 homes in the country.”

This agreement provides Central Puerto with an array of GE power generation technologies, including a full power station distributed control system upgrade, a liquid fuel filtering system, improved balance of plant equipment as well as comprehensive services to maintain the station’s boilers, condenser and steam turbine.

Powered by Predix, GE’s advanced cloud-based operating system built exclusively for the industry, the Asset Performance Management (APM) software application will draw data to monitor, analyze, enhance and predict equipment health at Central Puerto. The APM’s anomaly detection capability will help Central Puerto predict outages before they happen, which ultimately improves the power plant’s reliability, enables just-in-time maintenance improvement and reduces plant downtime.

Using a network of thousands of sensors placed throughout the 760-MW, combined-cycle power plant, GE’s APM predictive maintenance system can help to increase the station’s reliability and availability while reducing unnecessary maintenance costs.