The plant, located in Sonora state in north-western Mexico will be operated by CFE, Mexico‘s state-owned electric company and the largest electric utility in Latin America. The average annual energy demand in the north of Mexico is estimated to grow by 3.6% and it is expected that the EMPALME I plant will cover part of the energy demand in this growing region.
Doosan Skoda Power’s condensing steam turbine with reheat will be designed to withstand high inlet steam temperatures as well as meeting the demanding requirements of operation.
“The project will be the largest installation by Doosan Skoda Power in a combined cycle plant in Latin America and confirms the strength of Doosan steam turbine technology in territories operating on 60Hz or 50Hz grids,” said David Zeman, Manager for Latin America, Doosan Skoda Power.
The project also proves the current world trend of moving away from coal-fired power plants to combined cycles, which achieve higher efficiency in fuel usage and reduce pollution. As one of the most progressive market in Latin America, Mexico is at the forefront of this trend.
“Investments in R&D and local services for maintenance and operation are the key aspect of Doosan’s strategy in Latin America. Following the excellent operating performance of El Sauz and Hermosillo power plants, and with Doosan Skoda Power celebrating 111 years of designing and manufacturing steam turbines, we are pleased to be a trusted partner to CFE and becoming an important part of the Mexican energy sector,” says David Zeman.
The EMPALME I Power Plant is scheduled to come online by the end of 2017. The design manufacturing of major components is currently within schedule.