Published On: Thu, Jul 24th, 2014

GE’s partner Smith Power Mexico will supply technology for a co-generation plant in Mérida

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GE’s partner Smith Power Mexico will supply the gas engine technology for a co-generation plant in Mérida, on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula.

The firm will supply Monterrey-based engineering, procurement and construction firm SEISA for Enerkin’s combined heat-and-power (CHP) 13.1MW plant, which will help the Mexican government meet its efficient co-generation targets, GE said in a press release.

Mexico’s energy reforms will allow multiple firms to generate and sell electricity, including state oil firm Pemex, which will channel excess power into the national grid for the first time.

The country’s 2014-18 infrastructure plan includes the construction of two power co-generation plants at Pemex’s Morelos and La Cangrejera petrochemical plants, which could be online and feeding electricity to the grid by 2018.

Pemex also plans to install four 350MW co-generation plants at its refineries at Minatitlán,SalamancaTula andFrancisco I Madero to cover Pemex’s 1,400MW electricity demand and channel the excess to state utility CFE.

Smith Power Mexico Headquarters Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

Smith Power Mexico Headquarters Guadalajara Jalisco Mexico

Enerkin is the first independent power producer in Yucatán and is formed by Proteinas y Oleicos and other Mérida-based companies. The project will use three GE Jenbacher two-stage turbocharged J624 gas engine generator sets.

The electricity produced will power the existing plants of the shareholders, with surplus energy delivered to the CFE, while the saturated steam produced from the engine exhaust will be used in Proteinas y Oleicos’ manufacturing plant.

The technology will allow stakeholders to displace purchased power from CFE and make significant savings due to the high-cycle efficiency of the plant, GE said.

“This project strengthens our position as a leading gas engine supplier for CHP and distributed power projects throughout the world,” GE’s business manager in Mexico, Gerardo Villavicencio, said.

The plant is slated to begin operations in 2Q15.

Source: http://www.bnamericas.com

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