Alstom, Isolux sign contract to convert power station in Mexico to fire petroleum coke

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Alstom and Isolux have announced the companies have signed a contract with Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission to convert two units at the Altamira thermoelectric power station in Mexico to run on petroleum coke. The two 158-MW units currently run on fuel oil.

The project includes designing, engineering, equipment manufacturing and setup, electromechanical and civil works and rehabilitation and modernization controls that will extend the plant’s operating life by 30 years. Alstom will provide two circulating fluidized-bed boilers, and Isolux will be the lead engineering, procurement and construction contractor.

The conversion project, which is the first project in Mexico where such a fuel switch is being executed, is aligned with the 2013-2027 Mexican energy Strategy. The strategy aims to generate cleaner power by making thermoelectric power plants more efficient. The Altamira facility’s conversion will decrease 90 percent of its sulfur dioxide emissions once complete.

Alstom’s share of the contract is worth close to $1.25 million.

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