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The future energy hub of South America

In order to support Bolivia's efforts to improve access to electrical power for its growing population and its developing economy, Siemens is helping to substantially expand three combined cycle power plants: Termoeléctrica del Sur, Termoeléctrica de Warnes, and Termoeléctrica Entre Ríos. The project is part of an overarching collaboration agreement between Siemens and the Hydrocarbon and Energy Ministry of Bolivia, which covers a long-term volume worth over a billion euros.

Scope of supply

Starting in 2017, Siemens will deliver to Bolivia 14 SGT-800 gas turbines, 11 SST-400 steam turbines with condensers, 22 steam generators, the instrumentation and control system SPPA-T3000, 25 electric generators, and 25 transformers. These assets will be sent to three different locations. The Termoeléctrica del Sur thermal power plant, near the border with Argentina, and the Termoeléctrica de Warnes plant, in the Santa Cruz department, will receive four gas turbines, four steam turbines, and eight steam generators each. Meanwhile, the Termoeléctrica Entre Ríos plant, 220 kilometers southeast of La Paz, the nation’s capital, will be expanded with six gas turbines, three steam turbines, and six steam generators. Equipment will arrive over land and sea from Sweden, China, Germany, Italy, Indonesia, Vietnam, and neighboring Brazil, in a global effort that will cover thousands of miles.

Strengthening Bolivia’s energy sovereignty

Strengthening Bolivia’s energy sovereignty

The project will add more than one gigawatt to the local power grid, increasing the installed power generating capacity of Bolivia’s National Interconnected System by 66 percent. This will provide a reliable energy supply for the country's population and lay the groundwork for future exports. In fact, power generation in Bolivia is set to almost double, from 8.7 TWh in 2014 to 14.2 TWh in 2026. This will allow Bolivia’s planned electricity exports to match internal demand by 2025, in line with the nation’s ultimate goal of becoming the electricity hub of South America and powering its bordering countries. We're helping them achieve this aim through our ingenious products and delivery solutions. 

Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power and Gas Division

With this project we achieve the fastest, most efficient and most cost-effective expansion of the power generating capacities in Bolivia.

Willi Meixner, CEO of Siemens Power and Gas Division

The road to Bolivia

Over the following months, power plant equipment from three continents will be shipped to Bolivia. In addition to travelling thousands of kilometers across the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, up to 400 heavy load transports will cross the Andean Mountains, enduring extreme weather conditions, rough terrain, and altitudes over 4.5 kilometers. The delivery's first stage began on May 2017 and its final stage is scheduled for mid-2018.

The first gas turbines start their journey

In May 2017, two Siemens gas turbines were boarded onto a heavy load carrier in the port of Norrköping, Sweden. From there, the 170-ton cargo traveled up to 14,000 kilometers to the port of Arica, Chile. Upon arrival, they were loaded onto a truck and transported over an overland route across the Andes, all the way to their final destination: the construction site at Termoeléctrica del Sur. The 1800-kilometer path presented several logistical challenges, with 180 bridges, a weathered road network, and 4680-meter peaks along the way.

The gas turbines will drive the electrical generators and produce steam for the steam turbine, enabling a 50-percent increase in the thermal power plant's efficiency. Turbine foundations were readied in advance, so the installation process runs within the established schedule and avoids delays.

SST-400 Turbine , Siemens factory Jundiaí

Siemens begins its delivery of steam turbines

Back in June, the first Siemens SST-400 steam turbine left the Jundiaí technology plant in São Paulo and started heading for Bolivia. According to the agreement signed with the Bolivian government in 2015, a total of 11 steam turbines will eventually be installed in three thermal power plants operated by Ende Andina. This represents the largest order in the history of the Jundiaí plant. For Bolivia, the project is likewise epochal. Once the rest of the steam turbines are delivered, along with recovery boilers and gas turbines from Europe and Asia, also included in the 2015 agreement, Bolivia will see an increase of 1000 megawatts, approximately half of the installed power of other thermal and hydroelectric stations in the country.

construction site Termoeléctrica del Sur

Initial power plant equipment arrives at the Termoeléctrica del Sur facility

After a lengthy trek, the first gas and steam turbines reached the Termoeléctrica del Sur power plant, located in the state of Yaguacua, 40 kilometers from the municipality of Yacuiba, which borders Argentina. Although the journey ended in August, it began long before that. The gas turbines left Sweden in May, traveled by boat to Chile and, from there, by truck to Bolivia. As for the steam turbine, it left Brazil in June. Both are part of an ongoing contract with the local government, which includes further equipment and which will eventually add 320 megawatts to the current capacity of the Termoléctrica del Sur plant. Due to its geographic location, this expansion plays a strategic role and, in the long term, will allow it to supply both local and foreign markets.

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Siemens and Bolivia are carrying out an ambitious project to increase the country's power generating capacity, provide a stable power supply to the local population, and export electricity throughout South America. Stay tuned for our latest press releases and progress reports.

Latest images from the project

Drone image of the construction site

The Termoeléctrica del Sur thermal power plant, located just north of Argentina, will play a strategic role for Bolivia. Once it is fully operational, it will be able to export power to neighbouring South American nations.

Packaged steam turbine SST-400

In August, the Del Sur thermal power plant received new Siemens gas and steam turbines. The equipment had been traveling for months over seas and mountains.

Press conference

Bolivian President Evo Morales inspected the arrival of the first two gas turbines, with their respective generators, and the first steam turbine for the Termoeléctrica del Sur thermal power plant.

Port Arica

The Equiment covered up to 14,000 km by sea until it reached the port of Arica.

Shipping

A container with a SGT-800 gas turbine is loaded onto a cargo ship. It has a long journey ahead, with extreme weather conditions both at sea and on dry land.

Loading Cargo on ship

Two Siemens gas turbines will journey from Finspang, Sweden, to the Termoeléctrica del Sur power plant, near the Bolivian border with Argentina.

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