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Inauguration of Del Sur Thermoelectric Power Plant
The three largest thermoelectric power plants in Bolivia are now upgraded to efficient combined cycle mode and have been officially inaugurated. Together the expanded power plants Termoeléctrica del Sur, de Warnes, and Entre Ríos are adding more than one gigawatt of electrical power to the Bolivian national grid.

The expansion of the three power plants is an important milestone in the Bolivia 2025 vision, which aims to expand the country’s energy sector. By the year 2025 the country’s power generation capacity will be increased to 6,000 megawatts (MW), of which 3,000 MW will be designated for export.

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Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

With the official inauguration of the De Warnes thermoelectric power plant in mid-September, all three power plants in Bolivia have been launched, and together they add more than one gigawatt of electrical power to the Bolivian national grid.

Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

The second inauguration ceremony for the Entre Ríos power plant took place on September 11, 2019: The expansion increased the plant’s generation capacity from 200 to 520 MW.

Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

Bolivia's president Evo Morales visited the Entre Rios thermoelectric power plant, located in Cochabamba, for the opening ceremony.

Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

The Del Sur thermoelectric power plant in southern Bolivia near the border with Argentina increased its efficiency from about 40 to 51 percent.

Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

In the new Service and Training Center in Warnes, Bolivian technicians will be trained to maintain, monitor, and repair power plant turbines and other components: It will offer job opportunities to more than 100 people.

Three expanded power plants deliver additional one GW to Bolivia

Up to 400 heavy-load transports crossed the Andes to bring equipment to the three power plant construction sites, covering a distance of 1,800 kilometers and overcoming an elevation difference of 4,680 meters above sea level.

Logistical challenge for the power plant projects in Bolivia 

The power plant equipment for the expansion phase was shipped to Bolivia from Sweden, China, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brazil from May 2017 to August 2018.

Inauguration of Del Sur Thermoelectric Power Plant

On August 8, 2019 the first of three thermal power plants to be expanded and upgraded was officially inaugurated. 

SST-400 steam turbine for Bolivia

Siemens Brazil will supply eleven steam turbines for the power plant projects in Bolivia. The first SST-400 turbine started its journey from the Siemens facility in Jundiaí, São Paulo.

Logistical challenge for the power plant projects in Bolivia 

In total, power plant equipment from three continents will be delivered to Bolivia and up to 400 heavy load transports will cross the Andes to bring equipment to the three power plant construction sites.

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The cargo and its routes

Further Information

Contact

Alfons Benzinger

Gas and Power

+49 (9131) 18-7034

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