Doosan Skoda to supply turbine for 770-MW project in Mexico

Doosan Skoda Power said Feb. 17 that it has been awarded a contract to supply a steam turbine and generator for the 770-MW EMPALME I combined cycle plant in Mexico.

The EPC consortium for the project, formed by SENER and OHL, selected Doosan Skoda Power to supply a 300-MW, three-casing steam turbine and generator, including support in installation and commissioning. The plant, located in Sonora state in northwestern Mexico, will be operated by CFE, Mexico‘s state-owned electric company. The EMPALME I project is scheduled to come online by the end of 2017. The design manufacturing of major components is currently within schedule.

The average annual energy demand in the north of Mexico is estimated to grow by 3.6% and it is expected that the EMPALME I plant will cover part of the energy demand in this growing region, the company noted. Doosan Skoda Power’s condensing steam turbine with reheat will be designed to withstand high inlet steam temperatures as well as the demanding requirements of operation.

“The project will be the largest installation by Doosan Skoda Power in a combined cycle plant in Latin America and confirms the strength of our steam turbine technology in territories operating on 60Hz or 50Hz grids,” said David Zeman, Manager for Latin America, Doosan Skoda Power.

Zeman added: “Investments in R&D and local services for maintenance and operation are the key aspect of Doosan Skoda Power’s strategy in Latin America. Following the excellent operating performance of El Sauz and Hermosillo power plants, and with Doosan Skoda Power celebrating 111 years of designing and manufacturing steam turbines, we are pleased to be a trusted partner to CFE and becoming an important part of the Mexican energy sector.”

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