Renewables

Mexico to open bidding for 4 new power plants

Issue 7 and Volume 101.

Mexico to open bidding for 4 new power plants

The Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will soon be opening bidding for the construction of three or four new generating plants. The projects are to be sited at Rio Bravo, Hermosillo, El Sau¥and Saltillo; but the utility has not yet confirmed which plants will be in the next bidding package. Mexico took bids on four plants in 1996. The contracts for these are expected to be awarded in the second half of this year.

Electricity demand in Mexico is projected to grow at least 5 percent annually through the next decade, spurring CFE`s construction program. Plants involved in last year`s bidding process are Rosarito II, a 450 MW combined-cycle plant; Huinala, a 450 MW combined-cycle plant; Chihuahua, a 450 MW combined-cycle plant; and Mexicali, a 100 MW geothermal plant. The plants are all scheduled to enter commercial service in 2000.

In the meantime, the Mexican government and CFE are considering supplementing the electricity supply, at least in the northern portion of the country, through purchases from California utilities.