Baseload, Geothermal

Costa Rican Utility Secures Turbine for Las Pailas II Geothermal Plant

Costa Rica state utility Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) recently secured a 55-MW steam turbine for the Las Pailas II geothermal power plant in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.

Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems (MHPS) said on Oct. 17 that it will supply the turbine for the project.

Costa Rica ranks eleventh worldwide in terms of geothermal power generation capacity. In recent years, demand for electric power has been increasing in step with the country’s steady economic growth. In response, ICE is focusing on building new geothermal plants and expanding the output of existing facilities. MHPS said that, to date, it has delivered equipment to two of Costa Rica’s Miravalles geothermal plants, with a combined output of 32 MW.

INITEC Energía, S.A., a Spanish engineering firm, will be in charge of engineering, procurement and construction management on the project, according to MHPS.

In addition, MHPS will provide engineers to the site for technical support in installation and commissioning. A generator, manufactured by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., will also be supplied for the project.

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