CHP in Mexican industry: electrical energy at competitive prices

Pemex’s industrial processes have a cogeneration potential in the region of 4 GW. Today, in line with the strategy established by its General Management, it is developing around 4.5 GW of this potential via a range of large-scale CHP projects it has been awarded during 2014. Pemex has also developed the first CHP plant to be accredited as efficient cogeneration at Nuevo Pemex Tabasco, with a 340 MW capacity and which started operating in 2013. This plant is being extended by Abengoa to supply Pemex with steam and will generate an additional 240 MW for the market.

The following are among the projects currently being developed by Pemex is Cogeneración Cactus:

The consortium comprising Enesa Energía S.A. de C.V, Invenergy Clean Power LLC and Mexichem S.A.B. de C.V. Enesa was selected to undertake the Cogeneración Cactus project. The winning consortium will link up with MGC Cactus S.A.P.I. de C.V, a subsidiary of Pemex-Gas y Petroquímica Básica (PGPB). The Cogeneración Cactus CHP project seeks to make use of the potential offered by the Cactus Gas Processor Complex to generate electrical power and steam with a high level of efficiency and reliability. To this end it will construct a CHP plant with its associated transmission system that will have an initial generation capacity of 530 MW and 500 t/h of steam.

Article published in: FuturENERGY November-December 2014