Gas generators provide continuous power for salmon farms in Chile

Every day, HIMOINSA gas generators power several floating platforms at Cupquelan, one of the best known salmon farming businesses in Chile. Located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region, in southern Chile, the Cupquelan Fjord offers ideal natural conditions for salmon farming. According to a recent report commissioned by the Chile Salmon Industry Association, of the 2.85 million tonnes of salmon produced worldwide, farmed salmon accounts for 1.82 million tonnes, of which Chile produces 36%, making it the second largest producer in the world behind Norway, with 43%.


Every day, HIMOINSA gas generators power several floating platforms at Cupquelan, one of the best known salmon farming businesses in Chile. Located in the Aysén del General Carlos Ibáñez del Campo Region, in southern Chile, the Cupquelan Fjord offers ideal natural conditions for salmon farming. According to a recent report commissioned by the Chile Salmon Industry Association, of the 2.85 million tonnes of salmon produced worldwide, farmed salmon accounts for 1.82 million tonnes, of which Chile produces 36%, making it the second largest producer in the world behind Norway, with 43%. 

Against this backdrop, salmon farms in Chile, which are located in remote areas off the electricity grid, require a constant supply of clean, environmentally-friendly energy, so that the salmon fattening process can continue uninterrupted. In these circumstances, HIMOINSA, via Abastible, its distributor in Chile, has introduced the HGE145 T5LPG generator, which runs on HD-5 LPG (95% propane, 5% butane), operating non-stop for 16 hours every day, supplying from 35 up to 110 kW of power. These peaks in demand vary depending on the time of day and the controller's power requirements. 

Against this backdrop, salmon farms in Chile, which are located in remote areas off the electricity grid, require a constant supply of clean, environmentally-friendly energy, so that the salmon fattening process can continue uninterrupted



Every salmon farm has floating platforms from which the salmon feeding process is controlled. The number of hours' light is vital to this process. An underwater lighting system is therefore installed, to ensure that there is enough light for the salmon to grow quickly. In addition to the lighting system, the HIMOINSA gas generator powers the station control and monitoring system, heating and other systems that need power.


Technical Specifications of the HGE145 T5LPG

This generator model is part of the HIMOINSA –HG Gas Generator range, which ranges in power from 20kW to 3.5MW. The company offers natural gas, LPG and biogas-powered generators. Powered by Doosan, Waukesha, Mitsubishi, Tedom and PSI engines, they incorporate controllers so they can work alone or in parallel, in order to synchronise several generators at once. "The HGE145 T5LPG generator that we have installed in Cupquelan has been designed with a special protector for the alternator coil to protect it from moisture and saltwater corrosion", says Manuel Aguilera, Gas Product Manager at HIMOINSA, adding that the unit has a HM250-C3 alternator, TEDOM engine and HIMOINSA CEM controller.



Why gas generators?

One of the main reasons the salmon farming industry prefers gas generators is to avoid any spillages into the marine environment.  Any spilled liquefied petroleum gas evaporates and dissipates into the atmosphere; none comes into contact with the sea.  Infectious Salmon Anaemia (ISA), which can have a major effect on production, requires stringent safety measures, to the extent that all access is restricted; the fjord can only be reached by small boats. 

Abastible, distributor of gas generators in Chile

Abastible is one of the leading LPG distributors in Chile. HIMOINSA has been working with Abastible since early 2014, "when we concluded a distribution agreement for our LPG generators throughout Chile", adds Manuel Aguilera.

There is growing demand for gas generators in many sectors in Chile. There is increasing demand for gas generators in the mining sector, in which Abastible also operates. Abastible has now become one of the main suppliers of liquefied petroleum gas to the salmon industry in southern Chile. It offers a complete solution as its distribution line includes LPG-powered gas generators, which they also distribute.


Advantages of using LPG fuel:

  • No fuel losses or spills during operation
  • Continuous fuel supply guaranteed
  • Greater autonomy of operation.
  • Environmentally friendly.
  • Lower maintenance costs
  • Reduced noise pollution. Low noise levels.