Iberdrola successfully completes the Syserwind demonstration project. It has also been awarded the construction of a combined cycle plant in the State of Chihuahua for over €600m

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Iberdrola, along with Gamesa, Red Eléctrica de España (REE) and the Institute for Technological Research (IIT) at the University of Comillas, has successfully completed the Syserwind demonstration project.
Through this R+D+i initiative a number of power-frequency and voltage units and control systems have been created to optimize the connection between the wind farms and electricity transmission networks.
The project was run at 15 Iberdrola wind farms located in Andalusia, equipped with Gamesa wind turbines, with a combined installed capacity exceeding 480 megawatts (MW).
These farms, connected to three nodes of the 400 kV transmission network operated by REE, have been equipped with this system, developed within Syserwind, thus enabling a coordinated approach to controlling the power generated by the facility and changing the voltage in the grid.
Analysis of results was handled by the IIT at Comillas University who have confirmed the technical feasibility of wind power when involved in monitoring power-frequency and voltage in the electricity system.
Syserwind was one of six full-scale demonstrations conducted under the European Twenties programme, which aims to advance the development of new technologies which will enable wind power to be introduced into the European electricity system on a massive scale.
Syserwind’s results contribute to further improving the performance of wind energy, a renewable technology that Iberdrola has invested in since its beginnings.
Moreover, so far this year, the company has been awarded several contracts, for which it will invest more than €1bn in Mexico.
The latest milestone came last week, when the group snatched the bidding from Abengoa for the Federal Electricity Commission’s (CFE) project to build a combined cycle plant in the State of Chihuahua for over €600m.
The project involves a 900 megawatt plant, as well as associated facilities needed to connect the plant up to the country’s electricity system.
The construction work on the plant, to be named North III, will begin in May of this year, and is scheduled for commercial operation in July 2016.
Iberdrola has secured the sale to the Mexican state company, the Federal Electricity Commission, of all the energy produced by the combined cycle plant, Norte III, for a period of 25 years.
The gas for this new plant will be supplied by the Federal Electricity Commission and the contract is dollarized, like all other similar projects the company has in Mexico. The company, Alstom, will supply part of the technology for the plant with a cooling system using an air-cooled condenser composed of three gas turbines and one steam.
Just a few weeks ago, the company was awarded a similar contract to build a combined cycle plant in Baja California III with a capacity of 300 megawatts, requiring an investment of 200 million euros. Iberdrola is also announcing a 22 megawatt (MW) upgrade to reach 102 MW for the La Ventosa wind power complex, one of three farms in Mexico.
Thus, Iberdrola has already made investment commitments of more than €1bn in Mexico, a key country in its international growth strategy. Specifically, the company’s Strategic Plan in Latin America includes an investment of €2.415bn net between 2012 and 2014, 23 percent of the total planned (€10.5bn).
Iberdrola thus ratifies its position as the largest private electricity producer and the second in line in Mexico after the CFE. The company already has an operating capacity of over 5,200 megawatts, mainly through combined cycle gas turbine plants and also wind farms.
The company has taken advantage of the greater openness of the Mexican market and intends to stay alert to new business opportunities. Ongoing legislative changes and regulatory upheavals have led Iberdrola to opt for countries such as Mexico, Brazil and the UK.