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The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) in Mexico and the SENER-OHL consortium have signed the Provisional Acceptance Report for the Empalme I combined cycle plant, located in the municipality of Empalme, in the State of Sonora (Mexico).

The turnkey or EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) project consisted of building a combined-cycle plant with a guaranteed net capacity of 770 MW, and includes a cooling water intake facility for the Empalme I and II plants.

The plant has the following components:
• Two gas turbines.
• Two heat recovery steam generators.
• One steam turbine.
• Cooling water intake facility with dual 1,000 m long, 3.2 m diameter ducts and a 3.2 m diameter, 1,200 m long discharge duct.

The 445 million euro (477 million dollar) contract, awarded in 2015, was defrayed using the PIDIREGAS (Spanish acronym for Production Infrastructure Investment Project with Deferred Registration of the Expense) private financing model.

This facility features cutting-edge technology that makes it one of the most efficient in CFE’s portfolio. It uses an innovative system to produce electricity in a way that is more environmentally friendly, which will no doubt improve the quality of life in surrounding communities, and in the northwest of Mexico as a whole. It is estimated that 7.5 million man-hours of work were generated thanks to this project, much of that done by the local workforce.

Source: SENER

MIREC WEEK 2019, Mexico’s leading clean energy congress and exhibition, will take place alongside a period of changes and new business opportunities within the country’s renewable energy sector as a result of a new administration coming to power at the end of 2018. After the cancellation of the 4th Long-Term Auction and large transmission projects, the government is expected to announce alternative plans to keep Mexico’s renewable energy goals on track, as well as the continued development of transmission infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the industry is currently waiting on the details of the government’s strategy for the development of renewable energy in the country. The AMLO administration has recently reasserted its commitment to the development of renewables, and some of their mentioned plans include the enhancing of Distributed Generation, the installation of EV solar charging stations, the modernization of CFE’s hydroelectric power plants and the development of research, technology and human resources in the sector.

All these changes represent challenges and will bring new opportunities for the renewable energy market. During a recent breakfast briefing hosted by the MIREC WEEK team in Mexico City, the latest updates in the Mexican renewable energy industry were addressed and discussed. The discussion mainly covered the alternatives that the new administration has to meet the growing demand in the country, the continuity of the development of the Wholesale Electricity Market and the crucial role that the private sector must perform in order to achieve its ambitious clean energy goals.

Against this backdrop, MIREC WEEK 2019 will celebrate its 9th anniversary in Mexico City at the World Trade Center from 20-22 May. The award winning event is firmly established as the leading platform for dialogue, knowledge and discussion about the challenges and opportunities in Mexico’s renewable energy market. This year the congress will address a broad range of topics including financing and investment, corporate energy use, distributed generation, energy storage, asset management and O&M and clean energy business strategies under the new AMLO administration.
The event will feature more than 300 high-level speakers from Mexico and across the globe providing 50 hours of expert analysis and content, providing business intelligence for decision-making in a shifting market.
An expected audience of 3,000 participants will attend the exhibition and congress, comprised of energy professionals, national and international investors, technology suppliers and project developers.

MIREC WEEK 2019 is sponsored by global leaders in renewable energy, including Huawei, CPS America, GCL, Longi Solar, Sungrow, Talesun, Alion Energy, Arctech Solar, BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy, Gamesa, Iusasol, Jema, Phono Solar, Soltec, Trunsun Solar, Nextracker, Cesime Solar, Pöyry and Solarig, among others.

Source: MIREC WEEK

FuturENERGY Dec. 18 - Jan. 2019

In line with the Mexican strategy in the interest of sustainable mobility , Mexico continues to make progress in e-mobility. In 2018, the country advanced in two areas: first in drawing up a Technological Road Map towards Sustainable Mobility; and second, in the regulation that enables the small-scale sale of electricity…By Leonardo Beltrán Rodríguez, Former Deputy Secretary of Energy from Mexico.

Acciona Energía completed the assembly of the ‘Puerto Libertad’ PV plant in the Sonora desert (Mexico) in 2018. The 404.57 MWp-capacity plant is the biggest renewable facility of its type built by the company. To achieve this, Acciona installed more than a million PV modules (1,072,909) with an associated capacity of 356,02 MWp in two months, from 19 October to 19 December, a construction milestone for this type of plant that is accompanied by another day record figure: on 18 December the company assembled 43,080 PV modules (14.29 MWp).

Acciona Energía is building this plant as a turnkey project for the joint venture that owns it, Acciona holding 50% and the other 50% Tuto Energy (Biofields Group). With total planned capital expenditure of €303 m ‘Puerto Libertad’ will enter service during the first quarter of 2019.

The construction of the plant created an average of 600 jobs, with activity peaks when more than 1,300 people were employed. When fully operational it will provide stable employment for 38 people.

The ‘Puerto Libertad’ PV plant consists of 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon PV modules installed on 1,496 horizontal tracking structures with a solar radiation collection surface area of 2.4 km2. It is located in the municipality of the same name near the coast of the Gulf of California in Lower California around 200 kMnorthwest of Hermosillo, the capital of the State of Sonora.

The plant will produce approximately 963 GWh of energy per year, covering the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican households. Given its renewable nature, the energy produced will avoid the emission of 925,443 t of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations every year.

With this renewable energy plant, Acciona Energía now has 1,144 MW in Mexico (739.5 MW from wind power and 404.5 MWp from PV), making the country the second most important worldwide for the company in terms of owned capacity, after Spain. The net figure for Acciona’s capacity in Mexico is 942 MW.

The construction of ‘Puerto Libertad’ also means that Acciona has more than doubled PV capacity under its ownership in the world, with plants in Mexico, Chile, South Africa, Portugal and Spain. The company is also constructing PV plants in two other countries -Egypt and Ukraine- that will take it above 1,000 MWp of total capacity in 2019.

Source: Acciona Energía

The multinational corporation OPDEnergy – specializing in the production of energy assets and in the management of all related phases (development, financing, construction, operation and maintenance) – will build 500 MW distributed in various PV projects located in Spain, Chile and Mexico next year. The investment for the aforementioned projects will be of approximately €500 million, financed through the Project Finance Scheme with various financial institutions.

With regards to the projects that OPDEnergy will build in Spain, there are seven PV plants totalling 300 MW of power and they are scheduled to start operating by the end of 2019. These projects are located in: Extremadura, with 50 MW in the La Fernandina solar plant; Andalucia, with 100 MW distributed in two 50 MW plants located in Puerto Real (Cadiz) and Alcala de Guadaira (Seville); and Aragon, with a further 148 MW distributed among the new photovoltaic solar plants in Los Belos (Zaragoza) and Montesol (Teruel) and their respective extensions, which will add a total power of 61 MW in Zaragoza and 87 MW in Teruel.

On the other hand in Chile, in the 2016 public energy tender, OPDEnergy was awarded a 176 GWh/year block of energy, therefore in 2019 and within the framework of this award, the construction of 50 MW will begin. In addition to this, the multinational corporation is currently developing various projects in the Chilean market in the fields of wind, hydro and solar energy.

Apart from the said projects in Spain and Chile, OPDEnergy will start the construction of two PV plants in Mexico with a total capacity of 144 MW in 2019. It is the “Andalucía” solar plant with 107 MW of power and located in the State of Coahuila de Zaragoza and a 37 MW solar plant in the State of Aguascalientes, both projects to be included within the power allocation made by the Mexican government in 2016.

The projects that OPDEnergy has in these three markets (Spain, Mexico and Chile), will allow the multinational corporation to reach a total of 500 MW built throughout 2019. Besides, OPDEnergy is developing various projects in other markets, such as the United States and Italy.

The Spanish firm OPDEnergy has become a key speaker and one of the main international players in the renewable energy sector, thanks to a business model driven by on-going expansion and evolution throughout its 13 years of history. During this period the multinational corporation has invested 1,100 million Euros in projects completed in Spain, Italy and England.

As far as the Spanish market is concerned, it is worth highlighting that OPDEnergy was awarded 200 MW in the most recent tender put out by the Spanish Government, thus becoming the first private equity company -apart from business groups listed on the stock exchange or in the hands of investment funds-, to be awarded more MWs (taking a sixth position in the total allocation ranking).

Recently the multinational corporation launched its new brand “opdenergy” and renewed its corporate image. With the renewal of its identity, the organization intends to strengthen its strategic positioning in the market, “justified by the increase of our international presence, our diversification in new sources of energy and by the growth of our portfolio“, concludes Luis CID, company CEO.

Source: OPDEnergy

STI Norland has completed in record time the supply of the solar trackers model STI-H1250 which are being installed in the PV project located in Puerto Libertad, in the state of Sonora (Mexico). The largest PV plant executed by the company to date.

This project has been a challenge due to its magnitude and the requested short delivery schedule which has been perfectly fulfilled by STI Norland.

STI Norland supplied a total of 1,500 units of the solar tracker model STI-H1250 ™ -centralized solar tracker (mkulti-row)- that will support more than 1,000,000 photovoltaic panels which will provide clean energy to more than 586,000 Mexican households.

STI Norland is one of the main suppliers of solar trackers in the Mexican market, with more than 800 MW of accumulated experience in this country. Future local prospects are very optimistic since the country is making a clear commitment to the development of clean energies.

Source: STI Norland

GES is constructing a 96-MW wind farm in Tamaulipas state (Mexico). The project includes civil works and high and medium voltage grid. The 24 wind turbines of the project are the fourth phase of Tres Mesas Wind Farm that was awarded to ENGIE in the third energy auction that took part in Mexico last year.

GES was also in charge of the construction of the third phase, a 52 MW project. The good performance of the company was key for the awarding of this fourth phase. This time, GES will be responsible for the foundations and platforms of the wind turbines, the roads and space conditioning for the ancillary buildings and medium and high voltage electric infrastructures.

2018 is being a great year for GES Mexico. The company has already contracted a total of 442 MW in construction, 400 MW turbine installation and is maintaining 650 MW in the country.

Source: GES

Acciona and Tuto Energy (Biofields Group), owners of the Puerto Libertad photovoltaic complex in Sonora (Mexico) with a 50% stake each, have signed a financing agreement for the 404-MWp plant with four banks –North American Development Bank (NADB), Banco Nacional de Obras y Servicios of Mexico (BANOBRAS), Instituto de Crédito Oficial of Spain (ICO) and Banco Sabadell– for up to US$264 million (€226 million at current exchange rates). The project finance is being underwritten on an equal basis by the four entities, with a repayment term of 18 years.

Construction work on the complex, one of the biggest in Latin America, began in February this year and it is expected to be fully operational in the first trimester of 2019.

Electricity for three uses

Part of the production from Puerto Libertad (229 MWp) will cover supplies to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) amounting to 478.3 GWh of electric power and the corresponding clean energy certificates awarded to the project consortium in the second long-term electricity supply auction held in Mexico.

114 MWp will be used to service a private electricity purchase-and-sale contract, and the remaining 61 MWp will be allocated to marketing energy in the wholesale electricity market.

The Puerto Libertad plant will be equipped with 1,222,800 polycrystalline silicon panels mounted on horizontal tracking structures.

With a total solar capture surface area of 2.4 km2 it will produce 963 GWh of power per year, capable of covering the electricity demand of 583,000 Mexican homes.

Given its renewable origin, this production will avoid the emission of 925,443 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere from coal-fired power stations, with a purifying effect on the atmosphere equivalent to more than 46 million trees.

An average of 500 people will work on the construction of the plant, and this figure will rise to 900 at times of peak activity. In the operational phase, the facility will provide stable employment for 38 people.

Source: Acciona

Acciona has begun the start-up of the 183-MW El Cortijo wind farm in Tamaulipas (Mexico), the first to enter service of those associated with the Energy reform in Mexico. Fifteen months after the start of construction work the company grid connected the first wind turbines, a process that will continue over the next few weeks until the commercial commissioning of the whole facility. The investment in the wind farm is around 235 million US dollars (approx. 200 million euros at current exchange rates).

El Cortijo is the result of the award to Acciona of 585.5 GWh of power, and the associated clean energy certificates, in the first long-term electric power auction in Mexico following the country’s Energy Reform. Acciona started building work on the facility in 2017, being the first company to do so for the projects awarded in the auction. The pace of construction means that the wind farm can be completed before the scheduled date.

Sixty-one 3-MW wind turbines

Located 40 kilometers south of Reynosa, El Cortijo is equipped with sixty-one
3-MW rated power Nordex wind turbines (AW125/3000 model) and a rotor diameter of 125 meters, mounted on 120-meter-high (hub height) concrete towers.

The wind farm will produce electricity of renewable origin equivalent to the consumption of around 350,000 Mexican households. This will avoid the emission of more than 429,000 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The results of the third long-term electric power auction in Mexico, published in November 2017, awarded Acciona 52.04 MW of guaranteed capacity from this wind farm. This is a third source of revenue for the facility, in addition to the sale of energy and clean energy certificates.

An average of 400 people has worked on ‘El Cortijo’ in the construction phase (570 at the time of highest activity).

This wind farm is the fifth under Acciona’s ownership in Mexico, where it has installed has a total of 740 MW: 557 MW in Oaxaca and 183 MW en Tamaulipas. The company has also installed 303 MW of wind power for third parties.

Photovoltaic complex in Sonora

Acciona is also building a 404-MWp photovoltaic complex in Sonora. Part of this complex –229 MWp of power- will be used to guarantee the supply of the 478.3 GWh awarded to the joint venture consisting of Acciona Energía and Tuto, the project owners, in the second long-term electric power auction in Mexico.

The complex will be fully operational in the first trimester of 2019, taking Acciona Energía’s renewable energy capacity in the country to 1,140 MW.

Source: Acciona

GES has started the construction of the PV plant Kambul, located in the Yucatán Peninsula. The plant will have a total installed capacity of 38MWp.

The team at the site has started civil works for the access of the plant, the site compound, storage, roads, and ditches, as well as some of the mechanical works (drilling piles and metallic structure assembly for the panels).
GES is in charge of the complete EPC of the plant, including the evacuation of electrical infrastructures. This infrastructure includes the setup substation 34 K/115 Kv, a 115 kV overhead transmission line of 1,37 km length and a new bay to be erected at the Kambul CFE substation.

The construction of the plant should end in December this year, as the project is scheduled to be executed in eight months.

Kambul will be the first PV plant constructs in Mexico, after more than a decade in the country, where the Spanish multinational is a benchmark for the wind industry, thanks to the 1,1GW already constructed.

Source: GES

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