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Siemens has secured orders to supply a total of four turnkey industrial power plants to the country. Six SGT-A65 TR (former Industrial Trent 60) gas turbines will form the heart of two plants in the cities of Luján and Matheu in Buenos Aires Province in eastern Argentina. Siemens has also been awarded a contract to supply six industrial gas turbines of type SGT-800 for two power plants in Las Palmas and San Pedro in the cities of San Pedro and Zarate. Siemens’ customers are the two Canadian private equity companies Stoneway Capital and Araucaria Energy led by Roger Nores. They will operate the plants as independent power producers with the support of Siemens. The total order volume for Siemens is approximately $570 million. Siemens has also committed a $115 million loan to support the power plants’ construction.
This is the first time Siemens has sold a turnkey industrial power plant equipped with aeroderivative gas turbines, as well as long-term service.
Siemens has also signed long-term service agreements for the four sites. These contracts include operation & maintenance (O&M) and long-term agreements for each location for a period of ten years and include operation and maintenance staff, remote monitoring, 24/7 helpdesk, overhauls, spare parts for stock and reliability guarantees.
With an electrical generating capacity of 127 MW, the plant in Luján will be fitted with two SGT-A65 TR gas turbines and with two SGen5-100A-series electrical generators. The four model SGT-A65 TR turbines destined for the power plant in Matheu will provide a total electrical generating capacity of 254 megawatts (MW). The Las Palmas site will be equipped with four SGT-800 gas turbines with an electrical generating capacity of 202 MW. The other two SGT-800 gas turbines destined for the power plant in San Pedro will generate a total electrical output of 104 MW; commissioning for the four sites is scheduled for the end of 2017. All the sites have the option to be retrofitted as combined cycle power plants in the near future. The SGT-A65 TR gas turbines are being manufactured as fast-track units at Siemens' production locations in Mount Vernon, Ohio, in the United States, and in Montreal, Canada. The corresponding generators will be provided by the Siemens' manufacturing facility in Erfurt, Germany. The SGT-800 gas turbines will be manufactured in Finspang, Sweden.