Power Machines and Colbun, Chile, enter into a contract for hydropower units to be supplied to La Mina HPP

Power Machines OJSC and Colbun have signed a contract that provides for designing, manufacturing and supplying hydro equipment for the 34 MW La Mina HPP being built in Chile.

The contract signing was preceded by a tender won by Power Machines with the best technical and economic solution allowing the HPP to operate at a higher capacity – 40 MW.

Pursuant to the contract, Power Machines will design, manufacture and supply two hydropower equipment sets to the Customer, each set consisting of a radial-flow hydroturbine complete with a 17 MW rated generator, and also electromechanical auxiliaries. Power Machines will also carry out installation, precommissioning and commissioning of HPP electromechanical equipment.

The completion of equipment supplies and the plant startup are scheduled in 2016.

Power Machines’ participation in the La Mina HPP project is a continuation of the successful cooperation between the Russian company and the Chilean energy sector. Quilleco HPP, for which Power Machines supplied equipment on a turn-key basis, has been successfully operating in the country since June 2007. La Higuera HPP was launched in 2010, for which Power Machines had designed and conducted hydroturbine model testing, and also manufactured and supplied two hydrogenerators, each with a capacity of 77.5 MW, complete with excitation systems.

For reference: La Mina HPP is the first plant within the Gualquivilo – Melado hydropower chain being built in Chile with a total capacity of more than 400 MW.