Gas- and Oil-Fired Plants in Argentina

Costanera
Location: Buenos Aires
Operator: Central Costanera SA
Configuration: 5 X 120 MW, 1 X 350 MW, 1 X 300 MW
Operation: 1962-1985
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: ICL, Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: GEC, LMZ, Hitachi, Electrosila
Quick facts: Costanera is Argentina's largest thermal plant. In 1996, Unit-5 was repowered with a 215-MW Siemens V94.3 gas turbine and a Nooter/Eriksen HRSG.

Photograph courtesy of Central Costanera SA
Posted 4 May  2002

Güemes
Location: Salta
Operator: Central Térmica Güemes SA

Configuration: 2 X 60 MW, 1 X 130 MW
Operation: 1978-1986
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Mellor Goodwin, Tlmace
T/G supplier: Skoda, Ansaldo
EPC: Ansaldo, SADE Ingeniera y Construcciones
Quick facts: In Dec 2006, CTG was acquired by a company associated with Grupo Dolphin.

Photograph courtesy of Central Térmica Güemes SA
Posted 6 Dec 2006

Piedrabuena
Location: Buenos Aires
Operator: Central Piedra Buena SA
Configuration: 2 X 310 MW
Operation: 1985
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Deutsche Babcock
T/G supplier: LMZ, Electrosila
Quick facts: These two sets plus sister unit Costanera-7 are Argentina's only supercritical generating units.

Photograph courtesy of Central Piedra Buena SA
Posted 16 Apr  2004

San Nicolas
Location: Buenos Aires
Operator: Central Termica San Nicolas
Configuration: 4 X 75 MW, 1 X 350 MW
Operation: 1953-1976
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil, coal
Boiler supplier: Steinmuller, Tosi
T/G supplier: Siemens, AEG, Ansaldo, Marelli
Quick facts: An 88% stake in the plant was acquired from Agua y Energia Electrica in May 1993 by a four-member consortium of the U.S. power companies AES, PSEG, CMS, and local company Ormas.

Photograph courtesy of Community Energy Alternatives
Posted 29 Jan 2005

Arturo Zanichelli (Pilar)
Location: Cordoba
Operator: Generador Cordoba SA

Configuration: 2 X 33 MW, 2 X 75 MW
Operation: 1962-1975
Fuel: natural gas, fuel oil
Boiler supplier: Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
EPC: Ansaldo, Ormas
Quick facts: This plant was privatized in 1996. A new 515-MW CCGT block is being built at the Pilar site for service in 2010 along with a new double-circuit 132kV transmission line to Cordoba city.

Photograph courtesy of AGEERA
Posted 21 Jan 2009

Abbreviations: BBC = Brown Boveri, B&W = Babcock & Wilcox, CE = Combustion Engineering, GE = General Electric, ICL = International Combustion, MHI = Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, T/G = turbine generator

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 02/16/09

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