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Doosan Skoda Power supplies its largest steam turbine in Latin America

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Doosan Skoda Power, a member of Doosan Group, was recently awarded a turnkey contract to supply a high-efficient steam turbine generator set for the IEM1 (Infraestructura Energética Mejillones) coal-fired power plant in Chile.

Located in the Antofagasta region, this will be the largest steam turbine from Doosan Skoda Power to be installed in Latin America with an output of 375 MW.

“Skoda has been providing services to IEM1 in Chile for more than 20 years. Based on our long-term partnership, we now have the unique opportunity to participate in this new and important project. Doosan is proud to be part of an important chapter in the Chilean power sector, as also proved by the selection of Doosan Boiler (DHI) for the IEM1,” commented David Zeman, Manager for Latin America, Doosan Skoda Power.

The steam turbine is specifically designed to withstand high seismic activity in Chile and is based on proven Doosan Skoda Power designs installed near the Antofagasta region, a similarly high-risk earthquake zone.

It has a double casing design with a combined high-pressure and intermediate pressure part, a double flow low-pressure part and steam reheat, and uses advanced structural elements and nodes, such as highly efficient 3D blading and welded rotor.

“Following Doosan Skoda Power's success in the CSP Atacama projects and the CCPP Kelar project in Chile, the EIM1 project brings another reassurance that the focus on Latin American markets is the right path for strengthening the company's position,” explained Zeman.

The EIM1 power plant is scheduled to come online in mid-2018 and design manufacturing of major components is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2016.

This project will subsequently increase the total capacity of Doosan Skoda Power steam turbines installed for the past 15 years in Latin America to nearly 2.4 GW.

Edited from press release by Harleigh Hobbs

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