Chile orders GTCC plants

Electroandina SA of Chile has awarded the turnkey contract for the construction of two gas fired combined cycle power plants to ABB. The 400 MW plants will be located in the cities of Tocopilla and Coloso in northern Chile.

The $310m contract covers power generating and control equipment as well as civil works and operation and maintenance. Construction of the Tocopilla plant has already started and will be completed by December 1999.

Construction of the Coloso plant is scheduled to start in the second half of this year. Electroandina is a generating company located in northern Chile, and is owned by Belgium`s Tractebel, Chile`s Codelco, and Iberdrola and Enagas, both of Spain.

Under the contract, ABB will supply two GT26 gas turbines, the heat recovery steam generators, steam turbines, air-cooled generators, plant control systems and the balance of plant equipment. The contract includes a six-year operation and maintenance term.