Santiago, Chile, April 26, 2012 — Six GE Jenbacher gas engines will be installed at the Loma Los Colorados Landfill in Chile as part of an expansion of the site’s existing landfill-gas-to-energy plant.
The landfill is located 63 kilometers northwest of Santiago and is the country’s largest municipal solid waste operation, which receives about 60 percent of solid waste from Santiago.
The 8.4-MW plant expansion known as “Lomas Los Colorados II” features six of GE‘s 1.4-MW J420 Jenbacher units. GE will install the units adjacent to seven GE Jenbacher gas engines already at the site.
GE expects the new Jenbacher units to enter commercial service between 2012 and 2014, in line with landfill gas production. Combined, the 13 landfill gas-fueled engines are expected to generate a total of 18-MW of renewable power, enough to support the needs of about 75,000 homes in Chile.
KDM Energia selected GE’s Jenbacher gas engines technology because of the J420 engine’s performance on other LFGTE projects worldwide and the local support provided with Generadora Transandina SA, GTSA (part of Secco industries), GE’s authorized distributor and service provider for Jenbacher gas engines in Chile. In addition to the Jenbacher gas engines, GE also provided a master engine control system to help the operator achieve maximum availability and efficiency from the generating equipment.
Generadora Trasandina S.A.; GTSA (part of Secco Industries group) provided design and engineering support for the initial phase of this project and installed the Jenbacher gas engines. GTSA also will own the units during the next 10 years and is renting them to the end user who has a purchase option available during the contract period. GTSA will operate the units on behalf of KDM Energàƒa under this 10-year agreement also covering maintenance services.