Power plant for Merida’s Ie-Tram to be installed

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The first stage of the photovoltaic park at the CFE’s “Nachi Cocom” facilities, on 39th Street, very close to the Gran Parque de La Plancha, which will generate 100 percent renewable energy for the Ie-Tram, will be ready in August, said the state Energy Undersecretary, Juan Carlos Vega Milke.

He specified that this project belongs to the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and for its operation 600 watts panels will be installed to generate the 7.5 megawatts necessary for its operation.
He pointed out that one of the advantages of doing the project is that “Nachi Cocom” is a place that already has transmission lines, substation and is located within Merida, which also facilitates the indigenous consultation, since it is an urban area with little indigenous population.

Vega Milke specified that the same occurs with the environmental impact statement, which is much simpler, since it will be built in what used to be an industrial plant, so it was an already impacted zone. He informed that there are also projects for the combined cycle plants of Mérida-Valladolid and Umán, in which the entire structure is already being put in place to build the heat recuperators.

“For their operation, natural gas would be required, which is a clean energy, and although it is not renewable, it is a clean fuel that would help to meet the demand for all the projects that are being developed in the state,” commented the Undersecretary of Energy.

I say that the natural gas required would be brought through the new Mayakán pipeline that will double the natural gas transportation capacity, since today there are 250 to 300 million cubic feet (MMpcd) per day, a figure that would increase to 500 or 550 to supply gas to the new plants.

He explained that of the 24 permits for solar energy projects in the State, five are in operation and as a result of the fact that the Energy Regulatory Commission no longer publishes its list of permits to know which are active and which are not, there have been expired permits, so about five or six projects were cancelled and 14 are still active.

He specified that there are others that do not have generation permits, but are still being developed. He said that there are six wind farms.

“The interest of the companies continues, but they are advancing slowly because there have been different obstacles”, he concluded.

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