La Chorrera 96 MW Power Station
Latin America and the CaribbeanOctober 22, 2020
Pan Am Generating Ltd. owns and operates the La Chorerra IPP in Panama, which provides 96 MW of generating capacity using six Wärtsilä 18V46B reciprocating engines. Pan Am Generating Ltd. engaged K&M to conduct an operations audit of the La Chorerra plant to support its request to the Panamanian System Operator for the plant’s minimum dispatch rating to be increased from 50% to 75% of its rated capacity (per engine). K&M reviewed previous technical audits and reports cataloguing the plant’s historical operating performance and equipment failures. K&M reviewed the plant’s current operating practices and conducted an on-site inspection of the facility. K&M diagnosed operating problems regarding turbocharger washing frequency, increased particulate matter, and decreased dispatch loads to support the operator’s request for a higher minimum dispatch rating.