Argentina nuclear, fossil plants due online in 3.5 GW expansion

Argentina will install 3.5 GW of power generation capacity over the next 12 months

Argentina will install 3.5 GW of power generation capacity over the next 12 months, a government release said.

Projects include the 745 MW Néstor Kirchner nuclear plant, due to come online any day now, and the gas-powered 560 MW Vuelta de Obligado facility.

The latter, scheduled to fire up in the next few weeks, according to the release, will receive a new turbine next year, increasing its total capacity to 840 MW.

Meanwhile, the 600 MW Guillermo Brown thermal plant will become operational in 2015, and a new turbine will increase the Brigadier López thermal plant's capacity to 420 MW from 280 MW.

The country has installed 9 GW of generation capacity since 2003, federal planning minister Julio de Vido said.

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