By Editors of Power Engineering
GE announced today it will supply its HA gas turbine technology as well as power generation services and digital solutions for the Tierra Mojada combined-cycle gas-fired power plant in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Fisterra Energy, a company majority owned by Blackstone Group, will be responsible for bringing power to the grid and selling it into the new open market. When completed in December 2019, the combined-cycle power generation plant will operate under the new wholesale electricity market created by Mexico’s Energy Reform that brings opportunities for private investors to participate in the expansion of the local electricity sector.
“For Fisterra, this is a critical milestone in developing the Mexican power market and reinforces our commitment to the country,” stated Pedro Barriuso, Fisterra CEO. ”Tierra Mojada will provide energy in the most competitive manner, allowing for more reliable power to the residents and businesses in the region – thanks to GE’s state-of-the-art 7HA.02 technology, services and digital solutions.”
The power plant will feature two GE 7HA.02 gas turbines, one steam turbine, three generators, two heat recovery steam generators and the latest plant control systems. The plant is expected to generate 875 MW of electricity, helping to improve the stability of the Jalisco state grid.
Jalisco is the fourth largest energy consumer nationwide, and despite its national importance only 11 percent of the energy Jalisco consumes is produced locally. Tierra Mojada will not only help power Jalisco but also the entire “bajío” region which is a key area of the country due to its industrial growth.
GE will also provide services to maintain the gas turbine, steam turbine and generators under a multi-year service agreement that will support optimum performance, efficiency and reliability of the equipment. The project scope also includes GE’s Predix-based Asset Performance Management software that predicts and accurately diagnoses issues, optimizing the units’ operation and resources.
The HA is GE’s largest and most efficient gas turbine. The technology also offers flexibility, and is capable of delivering full power to the grid in under 30 minutes.