By Cameron Chai
GE, a pioneer in the energy sector, has declared that the Loma Los Colorados Landfill based in Chile will install six of GE’s Jenbacher specialty gas engines.
The installation is part of extending the present landfill-gas-to-energy (LFGTE) plant at the Loma Los Colorados Landfill, which is situated 63 km from Santiago. This 8.4 MW extension is called as “Lomas Los Colorados II”.
The six1.4-MW ecomagination-qualified J420 Jenbacher gas engines from GE will be installed close to the existing seven GE Jenbacher gas engines. It is anticipated that the gas engines will enter into commercial operations from 2012 to 2014. All 13 gas engines are anticipated to produce 18 MW of renewable power, which is sufficient to power nearly 75000 houses in Chile.
KDM Energia, the owner of the power plant and the landfill, came to knew about the performance of GE’s J420 engine deployed in other LFGTE international projects and preferred the same. Further, Generadora Transandina, GE’s authorized dealer in Chile, helped in acquiring the gas engines. In addition, GE offered a master engine control system for achieving optimal efficiency and accessibility from the gas engines.
During the first phase of the project, Generadora Transandina installed the gas engines and offered engineering and design support. The company will operate and maintain the gas engines for 10 years. As per the 10-year contract, the company will rent the gas engines for 10 years and KDM Energía can purchase them during the agreement tenure.