Iberdrola Ingenieria has completed the construction of a 420MW combined cycle plant in Riga, Latvia to supply 20% of the country's electricity needs and reduce its energy dependence by 30%. The owner of the plant is local electricity utility Latvenergo.

According to the company, this is the first plant of this type developed by the Iberdrola Group subsidiary for third parties abroad.

After the plant passed the test period, the company delivered it to Latvenergo. In 2007, the Iberdrola Group won the E300 million contract to not only build the plant, but also to oversee its operation and maintenance.

Once the Riga combined cycle plant comes on stream, Iberdrola Generacion will oversee its operation and maintenance for a period of 12 years. By using residual heat, the plant will provide heating and hot water to the southern part of the city of Riga, which has a population of over 700,000, claims Iberdrola Ingenieria.

The company said that to perform these tasks, which will be carried out by professionals at the IOMSA (IBERDROLA Operación y Mantenimiento, S.A.) subsidiary, the plant will be connected to the CMDS (monitoring, diagnosis and simulation centre), which was set up in June 2002 to control the operation of all the Company’s combined cycle facilities.

Founded in 1995, Iberdrola Ingenieria is a player in installations for electrical power generation, distribution and control. The company’s services include project management, engineering, supply, construction and commissioning, turnkey projects and operational support.