LNG power plant in El Salvador now under construction

The technology group Wärtsilä has started construction on a 378MW LNG-powered project in El Salvador.

The power plant, the largest and most efficient in El Salvador, will be one of the first in Central America to use liquified natural gas.

Energía del Pacífico, a company formed in response to the Government of El Savador’s call for tenders for a 355MW energy power plant, commissioned the project. The company is a partnership formed by Quantum Energy and Generadora La Unión.

The project will benefit from a floating LNG import terminal to be built at the same location, and will input electricity at lower costs into the national grid.

“This project marks an important milestone in the development of the country’s energy mix by utilising clean natural gas, and through the highly reliable, efficient, and flexible power offered by Wärtsilä’s multi-unit Flexicycle solution,”said Alejandro Alle, Managing Director of Energía del Pacífico.

“The Wärtsilä plant will bring important benefits to El Salvador by enabling clean, efficient, and flexible power generation that will, because of its fast-starting capability, complement and facilitate increasing amounts of renewable energy in the system,” added Sampo Suvisaari, Regional Director of Latin America North and the Caribbean, of Wärtsilä Energy Business.