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El Furrial Power Plant - PDVSA Project

Resolving energy shortages in Venezuela

  • 200

    MW

  • 115

    KV Substation

  • Maturin, Monagas, Venezuela

    Maturin, Monagas, Venezuela

Meeting Venezuela’s growing power needs required a creative and indirect solution

Prior to our work for ProEnergy, the vast majority of Venezuela’s power came from a few hydroelectric power stations that often suffered from inadequate rainfall. Inconsistent rains would lead to unreplenished reservoirs and consequently, surprise power shortages. Adding to this was Venezuela’s rapidly growing demand for electric power, which meant that switching to a dependable electric power source was just a matter of time.

Our solution to this complex, multi-pronged dilemma? Erecting a brand new gas power plant to fire up a key refinery that would ultimately fill in these pesky energy gaps. Our experienced staff devised the detailed engineering and design for this new plant, which would service a major refinery in El Furrial. Owned by Venezuela’s state owned oil and natural gas company, PDVSA, the El Furrial refinery was able to multiply its power output many times over with the boost from our new plant.

Designed on a very tight schedule, the resulting 200MW simple cycle power plant now incorporates four powerful combustion turbine generators. Our team orchestrated the installation of these generators and the balancing of plant equipment, including some specialized evaporative cooling of the generators. We also completed the engineering and design of a new 115 kV substation that was part of the system.

In spite of the hurdles of geography—with our design teams working out of the US and the client’s construction teams working in Venezuela—the project was completed successfully and the plant is at last the reliable source of power for the region that ProEnergy had dreamt it to be.

At a Glance

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Client
  • ProEnergy
Meet Our Team

Steve Patry, Senior Associate

The most rewarding aspect of my career is working with our team of engineers and designers to develop solutions to challenging problems that benefit our clients and communities.

Kenny Rogers, Vice President, Power

We have the opportunity to be creative while contributing to the community through our work, generating new jobs and cleaner, more efficient electricity.
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Bill Shelley, Senior Vice President

The best EPCM solutions are a balance of technical excellence, cost-effectiveness, and sound delivery.
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Jim Stone, Principal

A good project always starts with great people; Stantec’s power team includes some of the best in the industry.
  • Steve Patry

    Senior Associate

  • Kenny Rogers

    Vice President, Power

  • Bill Shelley

    Senior Vice President

  • Jim Stone

    Principal

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