1 June 2010 - Alstom is to retrofit two 300 MW steam turbine units at the Manzanillo power plant in Mexico.
The retrofit is part of a project to convert the oil fired Manzanillo power plant to natural gas, which represents the country’s largest repowering project to date and will ultimately contribute to the country’s goals to diversify its power generation fuel mix and to reduce its emission levels. Fuel oil still represents 20 per cent of Mexico’s total energy production capacity.
The project, awarded to Spanish construction group Grupo ACS (Actividades de Construcción y Servicios) by the Mexican utility CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad) will be executed by the special-purpose consortium Repotenciación Manzanillo.
The contract awarded to Alstom by Grupo ACS, worth $50m, includes the retrofit of the plant’s two 300 MW steam turbines with the intent to extend their working life by 25 years and to convert operation from conventional steam cycle to combined-cycle operation. The project will result in a significant improvement in plant efficiency and reductions of CO2, SO2 and other emissions. The two retrofitted turbines will be commissioned in 2012.
Key components of the retrofit will be supplied by Alstom’s manufacturing site located in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico. Alstom-supplied equiment provides nearly 20 per cent of the electricity produced in the country, where Alstom has been present for over 40 years.