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AES begins commercial operation of three new power plants in Chile, China and Jordan

17th September 2009

AES Corporation, headquartered in Virginia, US, has launched the commercial operations of three new facilities across its global portfolio: Guacolda 3, a 152MW coal plant in Chile; Huanghua I, a 49.5MW wind farm in China; and Amman East, a 380MW combined cycle gas plant in Jordan.

The facilities build on AES’ diverse portfolio of generation and distribution businesses across energy source, technology, and geography.

‘We are helping to meet each country’s growing demand for power, using the best energy source and technology for each market,’ said AndrĂ©s Gluski, executive vice president and COO of AES. ‘Achieving operational excellence, as demonstrated by the performance of our dedicated team of construction and engineering professionals, enables us to continue to meet our financial commitments.’

The company said the Guacolda 3 facility is the first coal plant to come on-line in Chile in 12 years, and adds a stable source of energy to the country’s generation portfolio. It is also the first facility in Chile equipped with flue gas desulphurisation technology. Through its subsidiary, AES Gener, AES operates more than 2,800MW of biomass, coal, hydroelectric, diesel and natural gas facilities used to supply the Chilean market.

Huanghua I, a 49.5MW wind project located in the Hebei Province of China, came on-line in September 2009, and the second phase, Huanghua II, is on track to come on-line during the first half of 2010. The Hebei Provincial Power Company will purchase all of the power generated by the wind farm. With this project coming on-line, AES’ wind operations in China has increased from 49.5MW to 98MW, and its total wind portfolio increased from 1,302MW to 1,352MW worldwide.

The Amman East combined cycle gas plant is the first independent power producer in Jordan and increases the country’s electricity generation capacity by 18 per cent, according to AES. Amman East is also one of the most efficient generation facilities in Jordan.

This year AES has completed construction of six projects, totalling 804MW. The company has also started operations at the 80MW Kilroot peaker expansion in Northern Ireland, 12MW of Innovent wind projects in France, and the 130MW Santa Lidia diesel facility this year.

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