Siemens to supply turbines and generators for 770-MW project in Mexico

Siemens said on May 28 that it has been awarded a contract to supply two SGT6-8000H gas turbines and two generators to be installed at the Empalme I Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Sonora, Mexico.

The plant will have an installed power generating capacity of 770 MW in total. The customer is a consortium led by SENER which will act as turnkey EPC contractors for the project. The end customer and operator of the plant is the state-owned utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE). Commercial operation is scheduled for November 2017. This power station will become the first plant with H-class technology in commercial operation in Latin America.

For the new natural-gas-fired power plant units in Empalme I, Siemens will supply two gas turbines of the model SGT6-8000H and two SGen-2000H generators, including technical services during erection and commissioning.

“It makes us happy to be trusted partners of CFE and to have been awarded this order for two H-Class gas turbines in Mexico,”  said Jose Aparicio, Vice President of Power and Gas Division for Siemens Mesoamerica. “It is the first order for this innovative machine not only in Mexico but also in Latin America. It reinforces our position as the worldwide market leader for this well proven H-class technology with more than 170,000 operating hours. We are proud to be part of the development of Mexico’s electricity market. The Energy Reform sets new power schemes in Mexico and advanced technology and proven solutions will play a major role during the transition process and to meet its objectives.”

The components will be produced in the company’s Charlotte, N.C., gas turbine manufacturing plant.

Siemens has so far sold 48 H-class gas turbines and is now present in the world’s biggest energy markets: North and South America, Asia, Europe, and soon in Africa. Sixteen of these machines are already in successful commercial operation with a high degree of starting reliability and availability. The fleet of Siemens H-class world-record gas turbines has achieved more than 170,000 cumulative equivalent operating hours.

Siemens AG is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. At the end of September 2014, the company had around 343,000 employees worldwide on a continuing basis.

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