The Los Azufres III power station is to be located in Michoacan, and the new geothermal facility represents the twelfth geothermal power plant to be supplied by MHI to Mexico. It is slated for completion in December 2014.
MHI will be responsible for engineering, manufacture, procurement and installation of major components, including the steam turbine, and balance of plant, as well as civil engineering work. Meanwhile, the generator will be supplied by Mitsubishi Electric Corporation.
The state-owned electric utility, CFE, generates, transports, distributes and markets electric power under the administration of the country’s Ministry of Energy. CFE operates various types of power generation plants, including thermal, hydro, nuclear, geothermal and wind power. MHI has a longstanding relationship with CFE and has delivered power generation systems equivalent to 30% of the utility's power output.
Mexico ranks fifth in the world in terms of geothermal resources, and MHI has delivered five geothermal power plants to the Los Azufres power station and six units to the Cerro Prieto power station in the past. “Together with these existing plants, the new geothermal power plant will provide electricity to meet strong demand in Mexico, where steady economic growth is projected in the coming years,” says MHI.
MHI is a leading company in geothermal power generation systems, having to date received orders for more than 100 units from 13 countries. The installed capacity of these units totals 3,010 MW, equal to approximately 30% of the world's geothermal power generation installed capacity.
“Leveraging this strong track record and its technological expertise, MHI will continue aggressive marketing activities for its geothermal power generation systems that contribute to efforts to prevent global warming,” concludes the company.
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