OHL Industrial and SENER sign $477 million deal to build Empalme I combined cycle plant in Mexico

Central de ciclo combinado Bicentenario de 500 MW de potencia

The April 15, 2015, the consortium comprising OHL Industrial and the engineering and technology group SENER signed a contract with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE). The $477 million deal (approximately €445 million) is for the turnkey construction of the combined cycle plant Empalme I, located in the municipality of Empalme, in the Mexican state of Sonora. Upon completion of the 30-month project, the plant will supply power to the northern part of the country.

The Empalme I combined cycle plant will operate with natural gas, producing 770 MW of power, and will have two H-type turbines with SIEMENS technology. Once operational in November 2017, it will supply electricity to northern Mexico, where, according to CFE estimates, the energy demand is set to grow by 3.6% per year.

In this project, OHL Industrial and SENER will provide services including the basic and detailed engineering, the procurement of all equipment, materials, spare parts and special tools, and the construction, testing and commissioning of the plant. The consortium calculates that around 1,500 jobs may be created in the local community during the construction phase.

This new contract award strengthens the relationship between OHL Industrial and SENER, who are working in consortium to execute major power projects in Mexico including two co-generation plants for the Cydsa group and the TG-8 Madero refinery project for Pemex. These are all turnkey contracts, and also include the operation and maintenance of the first of the two Cydsa facilities, which has already been completed and is currently in operation.