Alstom has received a $28m order from Endesa to supply a turnkey simple cycle power plant at Charrua, near Concepción. A 123 MW Frame 9E gas turbine running on light distillate will be commissioned in February 1999.
The World Bank reports that Chile's conditions are good enough to rank it as the best country to do business in Latin America, and second best among economies in a similar state of development worldwide, only outperformed by Malaysia.
Chile's power generation sector is primarily based on hydroelectric dams and thermal power plants. And although this Latin American country also boasts other generation sources, like wind, solar and geothermal power stations, its electricity sector looks set to remain highly dependent on hydropower and coal. Several such projects are set to take centre stage this year.