Piedra Buena Thermal Power Plant (‘CPB’)
CPB, located in the port of Ingeniero White, close to the City of Bahía Blanca, Province of Buenos Aires, consists of 2 steam turbines with a 310 MW capacity each, totaling 620 MW, equivalent to 1.4% of Argentina’s power capacity. The boilers can be fed with fuel oil or gas, being the last one supplied through a proprietary 22 km gas pipeline operated and maintained by CPB and connecting with TGS (‘Transportadora de Gas del Sur’)’s main gas pipeline system. Furthermore, CPB has two 60,000 m3 tanks for the fuel oil storage. From 1997 to 2021, its average annual generation was 1,920 GWh, with a generation record high of 3,434 GWh in 2011 and a record low of 189 GWh in 2002.
The following chart shows certain relevant statistical data on CPB:
|Net Generation (GWh)||576||312|
|Purchases of Energy (GWh)||–||1|
|Total Energy Sales (GWh)||575||313|
|Average Price (US$/MWh)||43||75|
|Average Gross Profit (US$/MWh)||12||12|
Note: Gross Margin before depreciation and amortization, values expressed in nominal terms. AR$/US$ exchange rate: 2020 – 70.59; 2021 – 95.16.
|Plant||Unit||Installed Capacity (MW)||Efficiency||Fuel||Start-Up||Type of Unit|
|CPB||BBLATV29||310||620||35%||Natural gas or fuel oil||1989||Turbine / Steam boiler|