Panama to Add 80 MW to Generation Capacity

Two turbines have been added to the Miraflores power plant, raising the total generating capacity of the Panama Canal Authority to 232 megawatts.

Friday, May 23, 2014

From a press release issued by the Panama Canal Authority (ACP):

Panama Canal Strengthens Generation Capacity

The Panama Canal has strengthened its power generation capacity with the addition of two power plant units in Miraflores, which provide an average of 80 megawatts for the operation of the waterway and surplus which will be sold in the domestic electricity market.

"With this new thermal unit, the Panama Canal strengthens its power station to efficiently meet its operating requirements and contribute to the energy capacity of the country," said the manager of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP ), Jorge Luis Quijano.

The expansion of Miraflores plant has the capacity to generate up to 80 megawatts on average, out of a total 232 megawatts in thermal generation at the Panama Canal.

The new units consists of two 12-cylinder engines, which use bunker fuel. Each engine has the capacity to generate about 40 megawatts, bringing the capacity of the Miraflores plant to 80 megawatts.

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