ABB wins turnkey order to develop natural gas resources and to build power complex in Peru

Turnkey project to develop natural gas resources in Central Peru to fuel a new 155-megawatt power plant to supply electricity over a 430 km power line to Peru's north coast

Zurich, Switzerland, August 6, 1996 - ABB, the international electrical engineering company, has won a turnkey order valued at US$ 162 million which will make the first use of Peru's natural gas resources in the centre of the country for power generation. The contract was placed on ABB by Aguaytia Energy del Peru SRL., a private investor in the energy sector, and covers the extraction and processing of the gas, the building of a 155-megawatt (MW) power plant and the construction of a 430-kilometer (km) power line to transmit the electricity to the coast. Completion of the project is planned within 20 months.

The gas processing and fractionation facility will be located at Aguaytia, near the town of Pucallpa in the central region of Peru, 600 km east of Lima, and is supplied with natural gas over a pipeline from the gas fields approximately 160 km to the north, which have proven reserves of 260 million cubic feet of gas. The processed gas will provide fuel for the 155-MW power plant to be built alongside. The recovered liquid petroleum gas (LPG) and natural gasoline from the gas processing plant will be supplied for domestic use. Electricity from the plant will feed the national grid over a 430 km power transmission line crossing the Andes mountain chain to the northern coast of the country. At its highest point, the power line will reach an altitude of 4,800 meters.

ABB companies in Brazil, Peru, Switzerland and the US will cooperate to complete this major turnkey project. In addition to the complete gas gathering and processing facilities, ABB will also supply some 225 km of gas pipelines. For the power plant, ABB will supply two type GT11N gas turbines and associated generators, auxiliary balance of plant equipment, and will be responsible for the design and construction of the power plant building. ABB will also construct the 430-km power line which will transmit the generated electricity at 220 kilovolts to the centers of population on Peru's northern coast.

ABB employs approximately 8,500 people in Latin America with revenues in 1995 of over US$ 1 billion. The ABB Group employs approximately 210,000 people with orders in 1995 of over US$ 36 billion.

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    • Mr. John Fox
      ABB Corporate Communications, Zurich
      Tel. +41 1 317 7371
      Fax. +41 1 317 7958
    • Ms. Roxana Caceres
      Country Communications Manager, Peru
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