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Mexico’s state electric utility, the CFE, has awarded the construction of the 615 MW Valle de Mexico II combined-cycle power plant to a three-unit consortium of Spanish civil engineering firm ACS: Cobra, Avanzia Instalaciones and Initec Energia. The consortium’s offer included gas and steam turbines supplied by German industrial giant Siemens.
The proposal submitted by Madrid-based Cobra and Initec and Mexico City-based Avanzia was awarded 99.8 points out of a possible 100, the CFE said. The project to be built in Acolman, Mexico, encompasses engineering, equipment supply, materials, replacement parts and special tools, as well as performance tests and the plant’s launch. The project is part of the Mexican government’s recent energy sector overhaul and is likely to be completed in 30 months, in December 2017.
The winning consortium offered the highest availability factor and the greatest efficiency, which translates into less fuel consumption per kilowatt-hour generated, according to the CFE. It submitted a 379-million-euro ($425.3-million) offer, a 39 percent discount from the original estimated cost of 623 million euros ($698.7 million).