The Bolivian state-owned steel and iron ore mining project Empresa Siderurgica del Mutun under construction in the province of Santa Cruz, has received a set of 10 Diesel engines for the use by the energy center that will supply the entire complex. MAN Energy Solutions is delivering ten MAN 20V35/44G gas engines with a combined capacity of over 100 megawatts againsy 2019 order recently.The engines weighting 152 tonne each, and are set to produce a total 108 megawatts of power, after connection to the generator set, produced in Spain, arriving at Santa Cruz in September. Since the mine is located in the heart of South America and very difficult to access by road, the engines have to be delivered by water via the Paraná River. The engines were transported on barges from Uruguay via Argentina and Paraguay around 2400 kilometers upstream to Bolivia. The conclusion of works to settle the engines on their foundations will occur until the end of August. The El Mutún mine is one of the largest iron ore mines in the world. Estimates indicate that there could be over 40 billion tons of iron ore in an area of 75 square kilometers. The complex will include iron ore concentration and pelletizing, direct reduction, steel production and rolling plant. The first tests of the steel plant remain scheduled for October 2023, while in 2024 the plant is expected to reach full capacity.