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Abengoa has been chosen by Mexico's Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) to carry out the Norte III project, consisting of a 924 MW combined cycle plant in Ciudad Juarez (Mexico) as part of the National Investment Plan 2014-2018 recently announced by the Mexican government. The Norte III project is the second that Abengoa will have constructed for the CFE, after the 640 MW Centro Morelos plant currently under construction.
(The project is expected to be completed within 30 months)
Abengoa is also carrying out two power transmission projects for the CFE.
Abengoa will be responsible for the engineering, design and construction of the combined cycle plant, as well as its subsequent operation and maintenance for a 25-year period. The total contract is worth $1,550 million, including construction, operation and maintenance of the plant. Abengoa's project is expected to be completed within 30 months, creating up to 2,000 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase.
The investment during the construction phase will total around $700 million, which will be financed with a mix of equity and non-recourse debt. Abengoa will take an equity stake in the project. This contract will bring the estimated backlog for Abengoa's engineering and construction division to around EURO9,300 million, based on the figure from the end of 2014.
The plant is expected to produce enough power to supply more than 500,000 homes every year, providing an efficient response to the needs of the region's inhabitants while improving the country's energy independence. It is likely to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and the end cost of electricity to consumers.