San Nicolás power station

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San Nicolás power station, known locally as Central Térmica San Nicolás, is a five-unit, 675-megawatt (MW) power station fueled by a mix of coal, fuel oil, and natural gas in San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires province, Argentina.[1][2][3]

Location

The photo below shows the project in San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Buenos Aires province.

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Background

Construction of the San Nicolás power station began in 1950, and the plant's original four units, each with a capacity of 75 MW, were commissioned in 1956. A fifth, 350 MW unit was commissioned in 1983. AES Argentina, the Argentine subsidiary of AES Corporation, acquired the plant in 1993. In 2004, the plant's total capacity rose from 650 MW to 675 MW with the incorporation of 'black start' technology.[2]

Today San Nicolás is one of ten power plants operated by AES Argentina[4], and it remains one of the country's most versatile power generators, with the capacity to burn coal, fuel oil or natural gas.[1]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: AES Argentina[2]
  • Parent company: AES Corporation[4]
  • Location: San Nicolás de los Arroyos, Argentina
  • Coordinates: -33.355025, -60.172701 (exact)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (operating) 675 MW[2]
    • Unit 1: multi-fuel (coal-fired subcritical[5], natural gas, fuel oil)[3], 75 MW (start-up in 1956)[2]
    • Unit 2: multi-fuel (coal-fired subcritical, natural gas, fuel oil)[3], 75 MW (start-up in 1956)[2]
    • Unit 3: dual-fuel (natural gas, fuel oil)[3][6], 75 MW (start-up in 1956)[2]
    • Unit 4: dual-fuel (natural gas, fuel oil)[3][6], 75 MW (start-up in 1956)[2]
    • Unit 5: multi-fuel (coal-fired subcritical, natural gas, fuel oil)[2][3][6], 375 MW (start-up in 1983)[2]
  • Coal Type: Sub-bituminous[7]
  • Coal Source: Río Turbio mine, Argentina[7]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Consumo de Combustibles para generación eléctrica". Secretaría de Energía de Argentina. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 "Con una inversión de $30 millones, AES Argentina celebra el 50 aniversario de Central Térmica San Nicolás". EnerNews. November 14, 2006.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 "Electric Power in Argentina (p 3-13)" (PDF). JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency). 2004.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "AES Argentina logró refinanciar su deuda por la normativa del Banco Central". Diario Río Negro. February 16, 2021.
  5. "AES Central Thermal San Nicolas Power Plant Argentina - GEO". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 2021-05-06.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "Memoria de las Privatizaciones: Central Térmica San Nicolás S.A." Ministerio de Economía, Argentina.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Castro, Liliana N. (November 2008). "Puede tener mayor participación en la matriz energética nacional? : Carbón Argentino (p 3)" (PDF). Encrucijadas, no. 45. Universidad de Buenos Aires.

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