“Doosan Skoda Power has been providing services to IEM1 in Chile for more than 20 years. Based on our long-term partnership we now have the unique opportunity to participate in this new and important project. Doosan is proud to be part of an important chapter in the Chilean power sector, as also proved by the selection of Doosan Boiler (DHI) for the IEM1,” said David Zeman, Manager for Latin America, Doosan Skoda Power.
The steam turbine is specifically designed to withstand high seismic activity in Chile and is based on proven Doosan Skoda Power designs installed near the Antofagasta region, a similarly high risk earthquake zone. . The turbine has a double casing design with a combined high pressure and intermediate pressure part, a double flow low pressure part, and steam reheat, and uses advanced and well-established structural elements and nodes such as highly efficient 3D blading and welded rotor.
The project will increase the total capacity of Doosan Skoda Power steam turbines installed for the past 15 years in Latin America to nearly 2.4 GW.
“Following Doosan Skoda Power's success in the CSP Atacama projects and the CCPP Kelar project in Chile, the EIM1 project brings another reassurance that the focus on Latin American markets is the right path for strengthening the company's position,” says David Zeman.
The EIM1 Power Plant is scheduled to come online in mid-2018 and design manufacturing of major components is scheduled to be delivered by the end of 2016. An EPC contract for the entire project was awarded to South Korean SK E&C. The investor is E.CL, a Chilean company engaged in the production of electrical energy and principally oriented towards mining companies and other industries in the north of Chile. The company is a subsidiary of French ENGIE (ex-GDF Suez).