Turbine contract for a new coal-fired power plant

Paul Boughton
Doosan Power Systems subsidiary Skoda Power is to design and supply two 160MW turbines for a brand new coal-fired power plant under construction in Paco, Panama.

The contract, valued at approximately US$45 million, was awarded by SK Engineering and Construction Co Ltd of Korea, the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the new build project.

Other partners in the project include US companies Sargent & Lundy and CH2M Hill, providing engineering services to SK Engineering and plant owner Minera Panama S A respectively.

The 320MW Paco power plant is located in Punta Rincon in Panama’s Colon province, approximately 120km west of Panama City. When commissioned, it will supply electricity to a nearby copper mine owned by Minera Panama, the Panamanian subsidiary of Canada's Inmet Mining Corp.

As the grid frequency in Panama is 60Hz, the Paco plant will provide an important reference for Skoda Power’s 3,600 rpm steam turbines. It also represents the first success in several collaborative projects with SK Engineering and Construction in Asia and the Americas.

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