Loma de la Lata Thermal Power Plant (‘CTLL’)
In the south of the Province of Neuquén, CTLL is located at Loma de la Lata, in the proximity of one of the largest gas fields in Latin America, which holds the same name. The plant was built in 1994 and consists of three gas turbines with an installed capacity of 375 MW, a 180 MW Siemens steam turbine installed in 2011 for its closing to combined cycle and which capacity was increased in January 2018, a 105 MW GE (‘General Electric’) aero-derivative gas turbine installed in May 2016, and a 105 MW GE gas turbine incorporated in August 2017. Therefore, CTLL’s total capacity amounts to 765 MW, representing 1.8% of Argentina’s installed capacity. From 1997 to 2020, the average annual generation was 2,093 GWh, with a record high of 5,096 GWh registered in 2019 and a record low of 272 GWh registered in 2002. Currently, works are underway to add 15 MW of MAN gas engines, which is expected in 2021.
The following chart shows certain relevant statistical data on CTLL:
|Net Generation (GWh)||5,096||4,406|
|Purchases of Energy (GWh)||211||–|
|Total Energy Sales (GWh)||5,307||4,399|
|Average Price (US$/MWh)||53||36|
|Average Gross Profit (US$/MWh)||30||33|
Note: Gross Margin before depreciation and amortization, values expressed in nominal terms. AR$/US$ exchange rate: 2019 – 48.23; 2020 – 70.59.
|Plant||Unit||Installed Capacity (MW)||Efficiency||Fuel||Start-Up||Type de Unit|
|CTLL||LDLATG01||125||765||50%||Natural gas||1994||Gas turbine|
|LDLATV01||180||Steam||2011||Steam turbine (combined cycle)|
|LDLATG04||105||43%||Natural gas||2016||Gas turbine|