Sao Paulo was planning to develop a new combined cycle gas power plant. The preliminary design study was assigned to Duke Energy Brazil to select the site (three possibilities) and calculate the optimal capacity.
The sites differed in altitude, climate (temperature and humidity), water resources and grid connection possibilities.
The study assessed the environmental impact and access requirements, as well as the technical constraints and opportunities involved in building and operating the plant.
Attention was paid to the choice of turbine equipment, based on the following strategic criteria:
– Net energy production
– Gas consumption
– Net output (up to 61% in combined cycle)
– End energy cost
– Annual operating costs