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Kallpa starts operation of Las Flores thermal power plant with an investment of US$ 165 million


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    Kallpa's Las Flores thermal power plant, located in the department of Lima, has started combined cycle operations with an investment of US$ 165 million to supply energy to Peru from a facility defined as "the most efficient" in Latin America.

    "We now have a much more efficient plant. If the plant is more efficient it means that it is dispatched continuously, it does not start and stop," explained Willem Van Twembeke, general manager of Inkia Energy, operator of the plant through Kallpa, its Peruvian subsidiary.

    Las Flores has increased its power with a capacity of up to 320 megawatts that will be supplied to the mining sector, which accounts for 10% of Peru's Gross Domestic Product (GDP), to small industry and for domestic consumption.

    Due to its mechanics and efficiency, favored by lower cooling water consumption, it saves energy in the form of fuel, which optimizes all its processes.

    It should be noted that Las Flores previously operated with an open cycle and, after an investment of US$ 165 million, which included upgrading the gas turbines, it now operates with a combined cycle.

    This means that it had only one gas turbine that did not generate energy as efficiently and therefore had to start and stop its operation several times a day.

    After the refurbishment, it is cooled with condensed air, using the steam used by the steam turbine with fans.

    The journey

    The project started in August 2019, although the infrastructure work started in February 2020. It therefore suffered through the onslaught of the COVID-19 pandemic, whose mortality rate in Peru is the highest in the world.

    "This plant was built during the pandemic with a lot of complication of logistics. The logistics of getting all the workers and specialists to the site has been extremely complicated, but it has been super well managed because we ended up on budget," Van Twembeke added.

    So when it was finally put into operation on June 14, the work marked the end of a long journey.

    A journey that also involves increasing the sustainability of a plant that is now more environmentally friendly, as there has been a "considerable reduction" in emissions.

    This new plant also reduces pollution by generating less carbon dioxide.

    "A combined cycle plant emits about 0.4 tons per megawatt hour of electricity. Peru has a specific emission in the entire electricity sector of around 0.2 tons per megawatt hour," explained the executive director of Inkia Energy.

    However, he pointed out that the Peruvian subsidiary, Kallpa, does "somewhat better than that", registering an emission of 0.15 tons.

    "If you combine all the hydroelectric (generation) that there is in Peru, you have an electricity sector, from the emissions point of view, super well positioned globally. Some people in Peru have a tendency to forget this, but one must not forget, one must put things in perspective," he concluded.

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