Mexico utility expansion plans include several hydro projects

Mexico utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) plans to increase its generating capacity by 27,000 MW to a total 69,000 MW by December 2016, including several major hydroelectric projects, a CFE official says.

Eugenio Laris Alanis, CFE’s director of financed investment projects, told a Latin American energy symposium in Mexico City that the utility plans to install about 65 new power plants, Business News Americas reported.

Prospective hydroelectric projects include 750-MW La Yesca on the Santiago River. A consortium led by Mexico’s Ingenieros Civiles Asociados is the low bidder of three groups to build the project. The winning bid is to be announced September 6. (HNN 8/8/07)

Also on the list is the 900-MW La Parota project on the Papagayo River in Guerrero State. A tender for La Parota has been held up by local opposition groups who say it would displace tens of thousands of peasants. (HNN 5/23/06) However, CFE said in 2006 it intends to proceed with construction as soon as local conditions permit.

Laris said CFE also is looking at a 114-MW project on the Moctezuma River, the 500-MW Pozolillo project on San Pedro River in Nayarit State, and the Paso La Reina project on the Verde River in Oaxaca State.

It also is considering expansion of the 960-MW Infiernillo project on the Balsas River. In 2006, CFE awarded a 14 million euro (US$18.5 million) contract to Andritz VA Tech Hydro to modernize and rehabilitate the project. (HNN 12/22/06)

Laris also noted CFE is carrying out the first wave energy project in Latin America, 5-MW Santa Rosaliita, off the coast of Baja California. In 2006, CFE chose turbine technology from Wavegen of the United Kingdom for the project. (HNN 3/14/06)

For information, contact Comision Federal de Electricidad, Eugenio Laris Alanis, Director de Proyectos de Inversion Financiada, Paseo de la Reforma 164, Piso 14, Colonia Juarez, Delegacion Cuauhtemoc, Mejico, Distrito Federal 06600 Mexico; (52) 55-57050601; E-mail: eugenio.laris@cfe.gob.mx; Internet: www.cfe.gob.mx.

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