Coal-Fired Plants in Chile
Andina Hornitos
Location: II Region
Operator: E-CL
Configuration: 2 X 165 MW
Operation: 2011
Fuel: coal, pet coke, biomass
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: Skoda
EPC: Cobra
Quick facts: These CFB units near Mejillones were opened on 29 Nov 2011. E-CL is 100% owner of Central Termoeléctrica Andina and 60% owner of Central Termoeléctrica Hornitos (CTH) with the balance held by Antofagasta plc. The project cost $900mn, inclusive of a 144km transmission line, construction of a new substation, and expansion of an existing substation. Financing was in part from a $100mn IFC "A" loan and a $293mn loan from a bank consortium led by Fortis and Caylon.

Photograph courtesy of E-CL
Posted 4 Dec 2011

Angamos
Location: II Region
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 2 X 272 MW
Operation: 2011
Fuel: bituminous & subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Doosan
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
EPC: Posco E&C
Quick facts: The Angamos plant near Mejillones was the first large facility to go online in the SING in 10yrs. It cost about $1.3bn and in large part was built to serve Escondida, the world's largest copper mine. The foundataion stone was laid on 27 Aug 2008. BNP Paribas and ABN AMRO were mandated lead arrangers and bookrunners in the $998mn senior secured non-recourse project financing $675mn of the debt was insured by the Korean Export Insurance Co, KEIC's first transaction in the Americas. Anagamos will have the largest lithium batteries powerplant backup in the world. Construction of the 20-MW system began in Jun 2011.

Photograph by Morten Andersen and courtesy of AES Gener
Posted 29 Oct 2011

Bocamina-I
Location: VII Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 1 X 128 MW
Operation: 1970
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Tosi, Marelli
EPC: Ansaldo
Quick facts: Average plant output is 240 GWh/yr. In Jun 2005, Endesa announced it would invest $2.5mn in a new Alstom baghouse for Bocamina. Ingendesa was the lead contractor for the project.

Photograph courtesy of Endesa Chile
Re-posted 27 Sep 2014

Bocamina-II
Location: VII Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 1 X 370 MW
Operation: 2012
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Tlmace
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Tecnimont
Quick facts: In July 2007, Endesa Chile signed a $558mn EPC contract for the 370-MW Bocamina-II coal-fired generating unit with operation then expected in mid-2010. In Dec 2007, a steam set was orderd for the new unit. The construction work was delayed by Chile's massive 2010 earthquake and later by various community protests. The estimated cost for Bocamina-II was $841mn.

Photograph courtesy of diario.latercera.com
Posted 2 May 2012

Cochrane
Location: II Region
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 2 X 286 MW
Operation: 2016
Fuel: bituminous & subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: IHI
T/G supplier: Ansaldo
EPC: Posco E&C
Quick facts: In July 2008, Norgener submitted an EIA for Cochrane with a design very similar to the Angamos plant and built on an adjacent site in Mejillones. In Mar 2013, construction got underway after a consortium of Japanese and South Korean lenders signed a $1bn project financing agreement for the $1.35bn project, a 60:40 JV of AES Gener and Mitsubishi. Sigdo Koppers built the 153km, 220kV tie-line to the Encuentro S/S. The lending consortium included JBIC, Mizuho Corporate Bank, Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp (SMBC), HSBC Bank, and Korea Finance Corp. Chile's Banco Estado issued a $55mn letter of credit to guarantee project obligations. The plant will supply the SING and also has agreements to provide power to miner SQM and to KGHM Polska Miedz's Sierra Gorda copper mine. Unit-1 went into operation on 9Jul 2016 and Unit-2 went commercial on 12 Oct 2016.

Photograph courtesy of Nexxo SA
Posted 6 Feb 2016

Guacolda
Location: III Region
Operator: Emp Electrica Guacolda
Configuration: 2 X 152 MW, 2 X 153 MW
Operation: 1995-2010
Fuel: bituminous & subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco
Quick facts: The plant is connected to Chile's SIC by a 135km transmission line. AES Corp is a 49% owner. The second phase cost $300mn of which $60mn was for FGD systems and other APC. Unit-3 was commissioned in Jul 2009 and Unit-4 in March 2010.

Photograph courtesy of Andritz
Re-posted 22 Jul 2015

Huasco Steam
Location: III Region
Operator: Endesa Chile
Configuration: 2 X 8 MW
Operation: 1965 (ret)
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Siemens
Quick facts: These old units were in need of boiler repairs and were closed.

Photograph courtesy of Endesa Chile
Re-posted 27 Sep 2014

Laguna Verde
Location: V Region
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 2 X 27.4 MW
Operation: 1939-1949
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE
T/G supplier: AEG, BBC
Quick facts: This coastal plant is near Valparaiso.

Photograph courtesy of AES Gener
Posted 30 Oct 2011

Mejillones
Location: II Region
Operator: Edelnor
Configuration: 1 X 150 MW, 1 X 175 MW
Operation: 1996-1998
Fuel: bituminous & subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: B&W Espanola, Ansaldo
T/G supplier: Skoda, Ansaldo
EPC: Initec, Ansaldo

Photograph courtesy of Edelnor
Posted 15 Sep 2005

Norgener
Location: II Region
Operator: AES Gener
Configuration: 1 X 136 MW, 1 X 141 MW
Operation: 1995-1997
Fuel: bituminous & subbituminous coal
Boiler supplier: MHI
T/G supplier: MHI, Melco

Photograph courtesy of AES Gener
Posted 29 Jan 2006

Santa Maria
Location: VII Region
Operator: Colbun SA
Configuration: 1 X 370 MW
Operation: 2012
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Tlmace
T/G supplier: GE
EPC: Tecnimont, Santos CMI
Quick facts: In 2006, Colbun appointed Australia's GHD as owner's engineer for the Santa Maria PS. At the time, the unit was expected to enter commercial service in late 2010. Full construction began in Mar 2009. The $720mn project was set-back by Chile's 2010 earthquake and other factors to such an extent that Colbun went to international arbitration to secure damages from the lead equipment and service providers.

Photograph courtesy of Colbun SA
Re-posted 20 Jun 2015

Tarapaca
Location: I Region
Operator: Cia Termoelectrica Tarapaca SA (Celta)
Configuration: 1 X 154 MW
Operation: 1998
Fuel: bituminous coal, oil
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: GE

Photograph courtesy of Endesa Chile
Posted 4 Feb 2006

   
Ventanas 1&2
Location: V Region
Operator: AES Gener SA
Configuration: 1 X 120 MW, 1 X 218 MW
Operation: 1964-1977
Fuel: subbituminous coal, oil
Boiler supplier: B&W
T/G supplier: GE
Quick facts: Ventanas is an industrial city 160km northwest of Santiago.

Photograph by Julio Lopez M (Panoramio)
Reposted 2 May 2012

Abbreviations

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

Updated 07-Jan-2017

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