MÉRIDA, Yucatan, June 3, 2023 – The first of the three turbomachines that will be used to generate energy for the Combined Cycle Power Plants that the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) is building in the state as a result of the efforts of Governor Mauricio Vila Dosal to guarantee supply and contribute to lowering the cost of electricity rates arrived in Yucatan.
In a press release, it was informed that after arriving at dock 7 of Puerto de Altura de Progreso on the vessel BBC Direction, coming from the city of Savannah, Georgia, in the United States, the first of the 3 pieces that will be used to feed the combined cycle plants of Merida and Valladolid, which have important progress in their construction and are expected to be ready before the end of 2024, to provide energy sufficiency to the state for the next 25 or 30 years, is already in the state.
It is a 330 MW gas turbine weighing 344 tons, with dimensions of 12.22 meters (m) long by 5.10 m wide and 4.76 m high; according to the report, it will be used to feed the Merida plant.
It was received at the dock and transferred to the plant located at the exit to Umán, leaving the Port at 5:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 3rd, passing through the streets of Progreso, the highway to Mérida and the Periférico, until its final destination in Uman.
Due to its large size, it was transported on a structure and pulled by 4 trucks which, when adding up the weight of the piece, will represent the movement of 661 tons.
As a result of Vila Dosal’s negotiations with the Federation, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador determined the construction of two new Combined Cycle plants, which will be able to operate with gas or diesel.
The importance of the new combined cycle plants is that the Merida plant will generate 500 megawatts, while the one located in the municipality of Valladolid will have a generation capacity of 1020 megawatts.
With these important works, Yucatan reaffirms itself as a state that is making steady progress in the generation of electric energy to offer fairer rates and a better quality of life for Yucatecan families.
Through the construction of these power plants in the state, which together will have an investment of almost 20 billion pesos, in addition to ensuring the energy supply for Yucatan, the state economy and job creation will also be boosted.
These projects will be added to the expansion of the natural gas network to the Yucatan Peninsula, with the Mayakan pipeline, which will guarantee the supply in the state, so that we will finally have enough, not only to meet the current and future demand of companies in Yucatan, but also so that the thermal plants stop using fuel oil, work with this hydrocarbon and lower the costs reflected in the electricity costs of Yucatecan families and our industries.