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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 14 SGT-800 gas turbines, 11 SST-400 steam turbines with condensers, 22 steam generators, and the control system SPPA-T3000. The Termoeléctrica del Sur thermal power plant, near the border with Argentina, as well as the Termoeléctrica de Warnes plant, in the Santa Cruz department, will be expanded with 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 receive 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. Once they arrive, they will be loaded onto a truck and begin an overland route across the Andes, all the way to their final destination: the construction site at Termoeléctrica del Sur. The 1800-kilometer path will present 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 power plant's efficiency. Their installation will cause no delays, since their foundations will be ready in advance so the assembly process can run within the established schedule. 

Facts about the project

Energizing Bolivia updates

Latest News

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

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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