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& Turbo successfully commissioned eight type 18V48/60 engines in the new
"Planta MAN 140" power plant in Los Brasiles, Nicaragua and handed
them over to the operator, ALBA Generación S.A.
Augsburg, the company is also responsible for engineering and delivery of the
engines and equipment, steel structure, piping and electrics. With a generation
capacity of 140 MW, Planta MAN 140 is the largest and most cutting-edge thermal
power plant in Nicaragua and has a share of around 12% of the total capacity
proximity to the capital city, Managua, "Planta MAN 140" replaces
older and less efficient diesel power plants and balances fluctuations in the
generation of electricity from renewable sources. The engines run on heavy fuel
Nicaragua has ambitious plans with regard to power generation. It is
aiming to produce 90% of electrical power from renewable sources by 2020.
Renewable sources, primarily wind power and hydropower, already account for 57%
of the country's electricity demand. Wind levels, however, are subject to
"Engine power plants are ideal as a back-up for renewable
energies," explains Thorsten Dradrach, Head of Sales for Power Plants on
the American continent at MAN Diesel & Turbo. "Not only can the
engines be started up and reach full load in 3-5 minutes, they also operate
efficiently at partial load. In the event of low wind levels or even no wind at
all, our MAN48/60 engines generate energy reliably and in a highly flexible
manner in order to compensate for fluctuations in the power network."
the engines 156 kilometres from the port of Corinto to Los Brasiles was a
highly logistical challenge. At temperatures of up to 40 °C and under increased
volcanic activity, each of the eight 320-ton engines had to cross more than 60
bridges, many of which first had to be bridged with fly-over ramps.
A video documentary about the engines being transported can be watched on
YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2er1EqAfUw
Alba Generacion S. A. is a subsidiary of ALBA Nicaragua
S.A. (ALBANISA), which is owned by the Bolivarian Alliance for
the Peoples of Our America (ALBA). ALBA is an economic and political alliance
of nine countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including Nicaragua.
ALBA's aim is to achieve greater independence from the USA and Europe by means
of economic cooperation between the countries in Latin America and the
Caribbean. The energy sector has a particularly important part to play in this