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AES Gener and GE modernise thermal power plants

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AES Gener S.A. has signed a multiyear agreement with GE’s Power Services to provide services to upgrade nine steam turbines and generators at four thermal coal-fired power plants helping to address the nation’s electricity demands, which are increasing at about 3.5% annually.

“Given our need to keep reliable maintenance procedures for our thermal-fired power plants to help address the country’s energy demands, we selected GE because they have the expertise to service steam turbines and generators from different manufacturers and the proven local service facilities and labor resources required to successfully complete our projects,” said Javier Giorgio, CEO for AES Gener.

“While part of Chile’s additional generation capacity will come from increased renewable energy production, the nation’s utilities also are making significant investments to increase the output and efficiency of their existing thermal power stations to help meet the country’s growing demands for cleaner, more affordable electricity,” said Ramon Paramio, general manager of GE’s Power Services in Latin America. “We are excited to support AES’ steam turbine-generator overhaul initiative and demonstrate how our total plant solutions can successfully deliver greater value for our customers throughout the region.”

Pursuant to the agreement, GE will overhaul nine steam turbines located at four different thermal coal-fired power plants throughout Chile. From those, eight are of other manufacturers and one from GE. The agreement also includes an option to expand the scope of work.

The first turbine-generator project started in September 2016, when GE overhauled a steam turbine and generator at the 264 MW Nueva Tocopilla thermal coal-fired power plant in the Antofagasta Region located about 1500 km from Santiago de Chile.

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