The thermoelectric plants run by the CFE in Mérida and Valladolid are on the right track and are planned to be inaugurated at the end of 2024
The two combined cycle plants that the federal government is building in Yucatan through the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE), one located in Mérida and Valladolid, have made progress of more than 70 percent, and are meeting the deadlines, assured the State Undersecretary of Energy, Juan Carlos Vega Milke.
According to a CFE announcement made in April of last year, the generator in the Yucatecan capital must begin operations in November 2024, and the one in Valladolid, in January 2025.
In Mérida IV, with a capacity of 500 megawatts, 454 million dollars are invested. In Valladolid, which will generate 1,020 megawatts, the capital is 762 million dollars, that is, a total of 1,200 million dollars, equivalent to approximately 24 billion pesos, at the current exchange rate. Both works are scheduled to be completed next year.
Vega Milke recalled that the combined cycle plants will operate with natural gas and steam; Mérida II runs on steam, while the Nachi Cocom plant, still under construction, will be purely photovoltaic and will feed the IE-Tram electric transportation system, whose first stage will begin operations on the 15th of this month with a capacity of 2.5 megawatts, in January of 2024.
Regarding transportation, the undersecretary explained that five electric buses are about to arrive to join this innovative mobility system linked to the Mayan Train project since it will connect Mérida with the Teya railway terminal in Kanasín.
Regarding the two power plants, Vega Milke reported that operation tests would begin between August and September 2023. Their activation would be added to the natural gas supply project and will place Yucatán in a national leadership position in clean energy generation. close to 85 percent. Currently, local plants operate with steam and diesel, which are more polluting than natural gas and renewable energies such as solar and wind.
Yucatán occupies a prominent place in the national concert for its growing energy generation capacity. Companies can establish themselves in the entity without electricity supply problems, which will improve with the two new combined cycle plants.
The consolidation of these infrastructure projects during 2023 confirms Yucatán’s course towards a cleaner, more efficient, and sustainable energy system, strengthening its leadership in the Mexican southeast, while boosting its economy, the official highlighted.