Siemens has secured a contract to supply six SGT-800 gas turbines for installation at a flexible combined cycle power plant in Panama.

Siemens liefert erstmals SGT-800 Gasturbinen nach Panama  / Siemens supplies SGT-800 gas turbines to Panama for the first time

Image: A Siemens’SGT-800 industrial gas turbine in a single lift package design. Photo: courtesy of Siemens AG.

The contract has been awarded by Chinese general contractor Shanghai Electric Group.

Under the terms of the deal, Siemens will supply industrial gas turbines, along with a steam turbine, to provide approximately 440MW of power as part of a flexible combined cycle power plant.

Shanghai Electric Group is responsible for building the overall plant, which is expected to generate electricity required to meet the power demand of approximately 1.9 million residents of Panama.

Planned to be commissioned in the fall of 2020, the power plant is being built near the seaport of Colón on the Caribbean coast, for independent power producer Martano.

Siemens Power and Gas Latin America sales region vice-president Jose Aparicio said: “This important sales success represents more than just the first project we are developing in Panama.

“The order is also the systematic continuation of our success story in Latin America, where we are further strengthening our large share of the market.

“We developed the design of the power island for Colón based on a thorough analysis of Panama’s power grid. The result is a power plant that maximizes efficiency in all load ranges and also ensures maximum availability thanks to proven gas turbine technology.”

​The scope of the contract includes supply of power block in a multi-shaft configuration, consisting of six SGT-800 industrial gas turbines of single lift package design, six gas turbine generators, and one SST-600 industrial steam turbine.

Siemens will also supply one SGen6-100A-2P steam turbine generator, six VOTSG heat recovery steam generators, as well as Simatic PCS7 control system for the gas turbines and a SPPA-T3000 control system for the steam turbine.

The combined cycle power plant, which is expected to supplement fluctuating renewable energy sources, will support the Panama government’s plans to increase the share of renewables in the energy mix to 70%.