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Construction works from SENER power plant to Gondi Group.

Mexico City, Mexico, July 10, 2019 – The SENER engineering and technology group has signed a contract with Gondi, a leading Mexican group in the manufacture of paper for cardboard packaging, to build phase 1 of a steam and electricity service plant in Guadalupe Nuevo León (Mexico). The facility is designed to supply electricity, steam and cold water to the most modern paper plant in the country.

Phase 1 involves a steam plant with two boilers and an electric substation, which is scheduled to go into operation in early 2020. There is a future option to execute Phase 2 to develop the cogeneration scheme in 2021-2022.

Under this contract, signed as a turnkey or EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contract for Phase 1, SENER will be responsible for the basic and detailed engineering, the overall procurement of materials, general project management, construction and start-up, as well as for training the operations personnel for two backup boilers.

SENER has extensive experience in the Mexican energy sector, where it has implemented 29 projects in the combined cycle and cogeneration, oil, gas and mining sectors, 16 of them of the EPC or turnkey variety. Specifically, in cogeneration, SENER led the construction of one plant for Cryonfra-Afranrent, two for the CYDSA group, a fourth for Alpek and a fifth, called TG-8 Madero, for Pemex, all of them as EPC construction contracts.

With offices in the country since 2006 and employing a multidisciplinary team of more than 400 Mexican professionals, SENER develops engineering and technology projects in the areas of Infrastructure and Transport (such as the passenger train between Toluca and México City, Guadalajara Metro Line 3, the General Hospital of Mexico and various works in Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) throughout the country, for clients such as SCT, BANOBRAS and CAPUFE), and Renewables, Power, Oil & Gas, with, in addition to the aforementioned cogeneration plants, contracts such as the Agua Prieta II combined cycle plant, the La Cangrejera petrochemical plant and the diesel hydrodesulphurization units at the refineries in Tula and Salamanca for PEMEX, the Empalme I combined cycle plant and the compressor stations in Frontera and Los Ramones for Gasoductos del Noreste.

Source: SENER

ABB will install Latin America’s first digitally-enabled substation in the city of Juazeiro, northeastern Brazil. The new 230-kV substation and connection bay at the Juazeiro II substation will deliver power from a 156- MW PV power plant under development in the area. The Juazeiro solar project is owned and operated by UK-based investment firm Actis and its renewable energy arm in Latin America, Atlas Renewable Energy.

ABB will deliver the entire Juazeiro substation and provide a supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system, intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) for protection and control as well as state-of-the-art SAM600 merging units in the switchyard, all conforming to the IEC61850 open communications standard. Copper cables will be replaced with digital fiber optic cables. The digital substation is an ABB Ability™ based technology which helps enhancing controllability and reliability while optimizing the customers’ costs.

A substation works like the heart of a power grid, transmitting and distributing electricity to distant locations, so safety, security, reliability and efficiency are essential. Switching to digital fiber optic connections can reduce the quantity of copper wire needed in a substation extensively, which is a significant cost saving. Digital substations also require substantially less space, and increase safety for personnel because system supervision with digital equipment reduces the need for manual intervention and eliminates the possibility of dangerous electrical shocks in the substation control room.

In 2017, ABB completed an upgrade of a similar project in a substation in New York City, where digital technologies have been applied to the system supplying power to hundreds of thousands of customers in Manhattan. ABB also recently won an order from TAURON Dystrybucja SA, one of Poland’s leading power utilities, for the first digital substation installation in Poland.

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Forecasts for the Kingdom of Morocco indicate that the country’s energy demand will rise continuously in the coming years. The country has abundant renewable energy resources – including solar, wind and hydropower – and has set a 52% renewable target by 2030 while reducing its current dependency on imported fossil fuels. The government is focused on developing its electrical infrastructure to integrate renewable energy, with targets to generate more power from wind and other renewable energy sources.

ABB is working with Energie Eolienne du Maroc, one of the leaders in Morocco’s energy sector, to build a new hybrid substation in southern Morocco that will connect to the country’s national grid. It will be the first hybrid substation in Morocco and is being designed to withstand the challenging weather conditions of the desert and the marine air conditions. During the 22nd United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change event, hosted in Marrakech at the end of 2016, Nareva’s new wind farm received a COP 22 label.


The hybrid substation will have a capacity of 225/33 kilovolts (kV) and will be flexible and scalable, with the ability to be upgraded up to 400 kV or the wind farm upgraded to 300 MW. Nareva is involved in several wind farm developments across Morocco.

The company was seeking strong customer support from its potential supplier. ABB teams from Spain, Morocco, Italy, Turkey, Switzerland and Sweden worked together to provide technical seminars, and various lifecycle cost analytics. The hybrid substation will include the latest ABB technology of PASS, ZS2 MV switchgear, 150 MW of power transformers, instrument transformers, surge arresters, substation automation system as well as protection and control. The new substation enhances ABB presence in Africa and ABB Power Grid’s goal to enable a stronger, smarter and greener grid for its customers.

Source: ABB

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Navantia has started cutting steel at the Puerto Real shipyard for the electric substation of the UK’s East Anglia One offshore wind farm owned by Iberdrola. The first steel cut corresponds to the Cable Deck.

The scope of the contract includes the construction of a topside module and its jacket foundation at the Puerto Real shipyard, as well as the offshore support for its connection and commissioning in the North Sea. For Navantia, estimates reckon this will represent work for some 350 people although there will be “peaks of up to 600” over the coming 18 months.


This new contract, along with the contract to manufacture 42 jackets at the Ría de Ferrol yard for the same wind farm, represents a huge step forward in consolidating Navantia’s presence in the offshore wind sector, following on from the contracts already executed for the Wikinger farm that have been satisfactorily completed for Iberdrola.

East Anglia One is one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world

Thanks to an investment of almost €3bn, East Anglia One will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in the world when it enters into operation in 2020. Iberdrola’s installation will be able to cover the electrical power supply for over 500,000 UK homes.

With a contract value of almost €65m, its scope includes the construction of the substation, its support structure (jacket) and the offshore support for connection and commissioning in the North Sea. Construction is taking place at the Puerto Real shipyard in Cadiz.

This wind farm, the third such contract to be commissioned by Iberdrola worldwide, will be equipped with the largest wind turbines in existence to date, with a per unit capacity of 7 MW and a total height of 235 m.

The size of this initiative is unprecedented in Spain’s renewable industry. For example, the wind farm will occupy more than 300 km2 and will have an 85 km cable to carry the energy to the mainland. The surface area of the substation will be 1,144 m2 and each wind turbine blade will be 75 metres long.
East Anglia One is the third project to be undertaken by Iberdrola in the offshore wind power sector. Projects already underway in the UK by the company include the 389 MW West of Duddon Sands wind farm and the 350 MW Wikinger farm which is under construction phase.

Apart from the contract to construct the East Anglia One substation, Navantia’s Andalusian shipyards have also constructed the offshore substation for the Wikinger wind farm, being developed by Iberdrola in the German Baltic Sea, which was delivered in August 2016 and is now installed on site.

GES completed the construction of a 200 MW wind farm in Mexico. The project is among the five biggest projects GES has constructed in the country and includes the whole BOP (Balance of Plant): civil works, medium voltage grid, step-up substation, high voltage grid and interconnection substation. GES was also in charge of the installation of the 95 wind turbines of the wind farm. The project was executed under the high security and quality standards of the company.

EDPR trusted GES Mexico for the execution of its first project in the country. The size of the project required a significant logistic and human effort. The civil works included the 95 wind turbines foundations, 60 km roads and three bridges to access the wind farm. The electrical works included 100 km cable for the medium voltage grid and 20 km high voltage line.


GES Mexico experience is guaranteed by more than ten years presence in the country, and a track record including more 733 MW constructed and 1 GW installed in wind. Mexico is one of the strategic markets for GES.

Source: Global Energy Services

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Siemens has received an order for the maintenance and upkeep of the Offshore Substation (OSS) and turbine substructures of the Veja Mate offshore wind farm. Siemens will install 67 six MW class wind turbines for the 400 MW offshore wind farm and connect it to land with the BorWin2 DC grid connection. This grid connection can transmit a total of just under 800 MW of clean wind energy

Siemens will implement a complete service concept to meet the maintenance needs of projects far offshore such as the Veja Mate offshore wind farm. The exact scope of supply includes the scheduled maintenance and upkeep of the OSS, the 67 transition pieces of the wind turbines, as well as the inspection of their underwater structures. A transition piece is the part that lies between a monopile foundation and the tower of an offshore wind turbine.


Siemens will also build and operate an OCC in Hamburg, equipped with SCADA software provided by Veja Mate for the operational control of the offshore wind farm. The company will be responsible for the entire offshore logistics, correcting faults on site and using EPCI contractor supplied spare parts and consumables during warranty.

For the wind turbines, Siemens will provide a highly advanced logistics concept, tailored specifically for far-shore projects, that uses both a helicopter and a specially designed, purpose-built service operation vessel (SOV). To ensure increased energy production this concept allows maintenance work to be carried out at almost all times irrespective of the weather conditions or wave height.

The Veja Mate offshore wind farm is being built in the German waters of the North Sea. The wind turbines in the SWT-6.0-154 series will be installed at ocean depths between 39 and 41 meters starting in January 2017. To date, Siemens has installed four HVDC grid connections and four offshore wind farms in the German waters of the North Sea alone. Furthermore, Siemens will supply wind turbines to five offshore wind farms which are currently under construction in the German North and Baltic Sea.

Source: Siemens

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ABB has won an order worth around $80 million from Rentel NV in Belgium to deliver an advanced cable system that will connect the offshore substation at the Rentel windfarm located off the Belgian coastline to the mainland close to Zeebrugge. The order was booked in the first quarter of 2016.

ABB will design, manufacture and install the approximately 40 kilometer long extruded three-core 220-kilovolt alternating current (AC) submarine cable system which will have a transmission capacity of around 300 megawatts. The energy transmitted to shore from this windfarm will contribute to a greener power supply in Belgium, capable of providing enough electricity to meet the needs of around 280,000 households. The cable system installation will be executed by ABB’s new state-of-the-art vessel which will enhance efficiency and precision of the cable laying operations. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in 2018.

The Rentel windfarm connection in the Belgian North Sea will play a significant role in meeting Belgium’s environmental objectives for 2020, specifically to increase the share of renewable energy to 13 percent of total energy production. It will also support the European Union’s environmental targets for 2020.

“The Rentel windfarm cable link will help bring clean wind power to the people of Belgium” said Claudio Facchin, president of ABB’s Power Grids division. “It is another example of ABB technologies that enable the integration of renewable energy and lower the environmental impact, which is an integral element of the company’s Next Level strategy.”

Cable systems are significant components of sustainable energy networks, transmitting vast amounts of electricity over long distances. With experience dating back to 1883, ABB is a global leader in high-voltage cable systems across numerous applications and has commissioned hundreds links around the world. ABB has won several cable projects connecting offshore windfarms, including Burbo Bank and Walney in the Irish Sea, Kriegers Flak in the Baltic Sea and Nordegründe in the North Sea.

Planta fotovoltaica en Puerto Rico construida por GES

Pattern Energy Group LP (Pattern Development) has awarded GES the complete BOP for its PV plant Conejo. The PV plant is located only 30 km east of Taltal in the Antofagasta Region. The project includes the complete BOP works: PV plant, substation and switching substation construction, as well as the high voltage transmission line of 15 km between both substations. This is the largest solar project GES has ever executed and will be one of the largest solar plants in Chile, where the solar market is developing very fast.

GES has been a pioneer of the renewable industry in Chile. The company began the construction of its first wind farm back in 2011. This ended up with the establishment of a South America hub in Santiago.

GES is still the leading energy service provider for the wind industry in Chile, where the Spanish service provider has constructed 332 MW wind capacity in the last 5 years. With the addition of this 122 MW for the solar activity, GES is becoming the unquestionable leading renewable services provider in the country.