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Works on Empalme I forge ahead

Progress in the works for the future Empalme I combined cycle power plant.

Progress in the works for the future Empalme I combined cycle power plant.

The building of the Mexican combined cycle power plant Empalme I –a turnkey contract for SENER in consortium with another company– is making good progress. Driven by natural gas, Empalme I has a capacity of 770 MW and will supply electricity to the national grid in northern Mexico, where, according to estimates from the country’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), energy consumption is growing at a rate of 3.6% per year. The plant is to be an example of the latest generation of combined cycle facilities and high thermal and environmental performance, that will generate power using natural gas, replacing electrical supplies to the grid from fuel oil.

The project got under way in April 2015 and is now in the engineering phase, a stage that also involves the purchasing of the main and ancillary equipment and the subcontracting of works and services. Works have recently begun on site with the conditioning of the ground and the preparation of dirt roads. The next two years shall see completion of the electromechanical assembly and the conduct of commissioning tests, for delivery of the plant into commercial operation in November 2017. 

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