With the goal of improving efficiency and achieving sustainable growth, in 2020 we completed the combined cycle conversion projects of our three plants, generating more energy with less fuel consumption per MW. Our total installed capacity reached 750 MW.
We are the only company in the Argentine power matrix operating all its plants under combined cycle which has positioned MSU Energy amongst the most efficient thermal generators in system.
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General Rojo Thermoelectric Power Plant
Longitude 60°16'55.27" W 250 MW nominal generation capacity Start Up: June 2017Combined cycle commercial operation date:August 2020
It is located in a 12-hectare property in General Rojo, National Route 188 on km 16. It is connected to the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI) through a 132 kv transmission network operated by Transporte de Energía Eléctrica de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (TRANSBA).
Additionally, it is connected to the main gas pipeline Transportadora Gas del Norte S.A. (TGN).
Barker Thermoelectric Power Plant
Longitude 59°27'5" W 250 MW nominal generation capacity Start up: December 2017Combined cycle commercial operation date:October 2020
It is located in a 12-hectare estate in Barker, Benito Juárez District, in the intersection of Provincial Route No. 80 and Provincial Route No. 74, 45 kilometers from the city of Tandil.
It dispatches electricity to the Argentine Interconnection System (SADI as per its acronym in Spanish) through a 132 kv transmission network operated by Transporte de Energía Eléctrica de la Provincia de Buenos Aires (TRANSBA). It serves the Barker-Olavarria high voltage line, and is connected to the General San Martín gas pipeline that belongs to Transportadora de Gas del Sur S.A. (TGS).
Villa María Thermoelectric Power Plant
Longitude 63°10'24.42" W 250 MW nominal generation capacity Start up: January 2018Combined cycle commercial operation date:August 2020
It is located in an 8-hectare estate in the Industrial and Technological Park, in the district of Villa María, Córdoba.
It is connected to the Villa María substation through a 132 kV network operated by Empresa Provincial de Energía de Córdoba (EPEC), which allows dispatching energy to the national network. The plant serves the northern pipeline of Transportadora Gas del Norte S.A. (TGN).
Each of our plants is a combined cycle power plant in a 4+1 configuration consisting of four GE LM6000 gas turbines and one steam turbine, which are among the most proven and reliable in the market.
We operate our plants with one of the highest availability factor in the Argentine power matrix supported by a long-term maintenance agreement that provides spare parts and technical support, mitigating operational risk and ensuring best in class future performance.
How a combined cycle power plant works
All four gas turbines installed in each of our 3 plants are individually connected to a Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG) enabling the production of steam.
In turn, such steam powers a steam turbine, which is connected to a generator. The steam is then condensed into water and recycled in a cooling tower before it is sent to refill the HRSGs.
The combined cycle operation improves efficiency by 25% using less fuel per MW.
The electricity generated by the gas turbines and the steam turbine is delivered to the grid. Each of our plants has an installed capacity of 250 MW.
Based on the commitments assumed with CAMMESA ‑the Wholesale Electricity Market Administration Company‑, MSU Energy delivers 750 MW to the national electric system.