Thursday, May 22, 2014

México: Spain's Isolux, France's Alstrom Sign Contract to Reduce Sulphur Dioxide Emmisions

According to The Latin American Tribune, Spain’s Isolux and France’s Alstom signed a $380 million contract with México’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) for the conversion of two 158 MW units at the Altamira power complex to coke.

The contract encompasses the design, engineering, construction and installation of equipment at the power facility, as well as electromechanical, instrumentation and control work at the complex.

Isolux and Alstom will also refurbish and modernize the units to extend their operating life by another 30 years.

The effort is the first conversion of a facility of this type in México.

COMMENT: Alstom’s share of the contract totals $123 million, while Isolux, the main contractor and consortium leader, will receive the balance.

The conversion will reduce operating costs at the Mexican power plant, which currently burns fuel oil.

The 2013-2027 Mexican National Energy Strategy calls for generating electricity from cleaner sources.

The Altamira power plant is expected to reduce its sulphur dioxide emissions by 90% once the project is completed.