GDF SUEZ has started commercial operation of the new ChilcaUno combined cycle power plant in Peru, through its subsidiary EnerSur, the second largest private electricity generation company in the country.
The 804MW ChilcaUno power plant is located in an industrial area, south of Lima. The first three natural gas-fired units of the plant started operating in 2006, 2007 and 2009 respectively. The new steam unit, which converts the plant into a combined cycle, injects an additional 266MW into the Peruvian electricity grid without using more gas or generating more emissions. Construction was finalized one month ahead of the scheduled date.
The new unit, and two other projects under construction, the Quitarasca hydropower plant and the Ilo Peaky thermo-electric plant will almost double GDF SUEZ's installed capacity in the country to nearly 2,000MW by the end of 2014. This will be instrumental in meeting Peru's increasing power demand.
Through its 61.7% interest in EnerSur, GDF SUEZ has a generation capacity of over 1,000MW in Peru. Its production assets include thermal plants (ChilcaUno, Ilo 1 and 2) and a hydropower plant (Yuncan).
About GDF SUEZ
GDF SUEZ develops its businesses around a model based on responsible growth to take up today's major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, combating climate change and optimizing the use of resources. The Group provides highly efficient and innovative solutions to individuals, cities and businesses by relying on diversified gas-supply sources, flexible and low-emission power generation as well as unique expertise in four key sectors: liquefied natural gas, energy efficiency services, independent power production and environmental services. GDF SUEZ employs 218,900 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €90.7 billion in 2011. The Group is listed on the Brussels, Luxembourg and Paris stock exchanges and is represented in the main international indices: CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Stoxx 50, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe, ASPI Eurozone and ECPI Ethical Index EMU.