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Located near Ecuador’s capital, Quito, the new Guangopolo II Plant extends an already existing site of the same name. MAN Diesel & Turbo has supplied most of the equipment
for this facility, namely six 18V32/40 engines designed to operate on heavy fuel and equipped with turbo-chargers type NR34/S, plus six alternators. MAN also provided the auxiliary mechanical and electrical equipment, piping, cabling and electrical set-up material and spare parts, in addition to installation supervision and commissioning.
Designed as a base-load plant to deliver power mainly during the dry seasons when hydraulic plants can’t produce sufficient MWh, Guangopolo II serves to satisfy a rapidly growing appetite for electricity:
“Ecuador is growing up,” says Isabel Bascones, Guangopolo II Project Manager at MAN Diesel & Turbo. “The country’s expanding infrastructure as well as its fast-paced economic development process consume a lot more power.” Already well-acquainted with the capabilities of MAN, the Cuba-based SIECSA contractor as well as plant operator CELEC, Ecuador’s main utility company, worked closely with the engine specialist during the complete project.
When running at 100% capacity, engine output amounts to 8,110 MW each, with a total plant output of 48,714 MW. Since November 2014, the Guangopolo II plant has been poised to contribute to the promising Ecuadorian development.
© MANmagazine 1/2015
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