Siemens to supply equipment for 791-MW Empalme II project in Mexico

Siemens AG said Jan. 13 that it has received an order to supply two SGT6-8000H gas turbines and two SGen6-2000H generators for the Empalme II combined cycle power plant in Sonora, Mexico.

The plant will have an installed electrical capacity of 791 MW. The customer is a consortium consisting of the Spanish engineering and construction companies Duro Felguera and Elecnor and the Mexican subsidiary Elecnor Mexico. The operator of the plant will be the state-owned utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE).

Commercial operation of the project is scheduled for April 2018. Also, Siemens will provide technical assistance during construction and commissioning of the plant.

“CFE is becoming a pioneer in the integration of environmentally-compatible and resource-saving power generation solutions in Latin America. With these steps, Mexico will become an energy hub in the region and a reference for other similar projects,” said José Aparicio, Vice President of the Siemens Power and Gas Division for Latin America.

A total of six model SGT6-8000H gas turbines are to be installed in the Empalme I (770 MW), Empalme II (791 MW) and Valle de México II (615 MW) combined cycle plants. Siemens is also supplying two SGT6-5000F gas turbines for the Tula plant located in Hidalgo, Mexico. These four power plants have a combined electrical capacity of 2,727 MW.

Siemens has sold 76 H-class gas turbines worldwide to date. The SGT-8000H fleet, with 16 units currently in successful commercial operation, has already achieved more than 195,000 fired hours.

Siemens AG is a global technology powerhouse that 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 gas and steam 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.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.