France’s Alstom has been awarded contracts worth close to $140m to supply two GT13E2 gas turbines to the Kelar combined-cycle power plant (CCPP), to be located in Mejillones in the north of Chile.

The Kelar CCPP plant will have an installed capacity of 517 MW and will meet the power needs of the mining activity of Minera Escondida, which belongs to BHP Billiton.

The project is being implemented by Samsung Engineering on an engineering, procurement and construction basis, with the units expected to be commissioned at the end of 2016.

According to Alstom, the project represents the first CCPP built in Chile in over ten years.

The gas turbines supplied by Alstom will be equipped with its latest technology, known as ‘Advanced EnVironmental’ (AEV) burner’.

The burner system enables operators to react rapidly to changes in demand, as well as cutting maintenance costs by reducing the frequency of plant shutdowns.

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