Power Machines has shipped the first hydrogenerator for La Mina HPP being constructed in Chile

Power Machines has manufactured and shipped the first hydrogenerator for La Mina HPP (Chile), which is under construction.

One of the distinctive features worth mentioning is shipment of the hydrogenerator stator as a whole package (usually shipped in parts);this will significantly reduce the number of erection activities at site. Transportation of the item by sea will start from the Saint-Petersburg harbour with the destination port at San Antonio, Chile, through ports of Bremerhaven, Germany and Manzanilla, Mexico. The hydrogenerator will be transported then to the La Mina site by road.

Currently, the spiral case of the hydrogenerator unit 1 is being assembled at site. Manufacturing of hydroturbines and hydrogenerator 2 is in progress at Power Machines facilities.

Completion of delivery and start-up of machines are scheduled for 2016.

In December 2014, Power Machines and Colbun (Chile) concluded a contract for design engineering, manufacturing and supplying hydropower equipment for 34-MW La Mina HPP. A tender preceded the conclusion won by Power Machines, a Russian power engineering company, which had provided the best technical and economical solution for the HPP to operate at an increased capacity of 40 MW.

According to the contract, Power Machines will design, manufacture and supply two sets of hydropower units, each including an inward-flow hydroturbine packaged with a 17-MW generator and secondary electromechanical features. Besides, Power Machines will conduct erection, commissioning and start-up jobs for the electromechanical equipment.

Currently, Power Machines undertakes their contractual liability in delivery of a complete package for 120-MW La Frontera project. A related contract was concluded with Inversiones Frontera Sur, Chile in 2015.

As Power Machines participates in La Mina and La Frontera projects, it is the continuation of a successful cooperation between the Russian company with the energy grid of Chile. Since June 2007, Quilleco HPP is in successful service, the equipment for which has been supplied by Power Machines on a turnkey basis. In 2010, La Higuera HPP was put in service with two hydrogenerators, 77.5 MW each, and excitation system.