CFE Announces Plant Conversion

MAZATLÁN._ With an investment of more than 660 million pesos, the conversion of the José Aceves Pozos de Mazatlán thermoelectric plant for the use of natural gas, which is expected in this port for next March, is ready.

Through its transparency unit, the Federal Electricity Commission announced that the works for the dual combustion conversion project of unit 3 have been completed at the electricity generating plant, which since its inauguration in 1976 has operated at fuel oil base, a system that generates highly polluting emissions into the atmosphere.

According to the technical report, the works included tests with unit in service with fuel oil, as well as tests with unit in service with natural gas.

When responding to the request for information with folio 1816400300118, the CFE sent a technical report detailing the conversion to natural gas and the replacement of the control system for a power generation of 300 megawatts.

This completes the transformation to dual combustion of the Sinaloa thermoelectric plants. First it was the “Juan de Dios Bátiz Paredes”, in Topolobampo, with a capacity of 320 megawatts and an investment of 41.5 million dollars. Between them, they will supply power to more than 3 million Sinaloans, according to information from the Council for the Development of Sinaloa (Codesin).

The president of the Council at the state level, José Mario Cadena, explained that two plants will operate in Mazatlán. The current one will change from fuel oil to gas, and that would soon enter operations; while a second combined cycle plant is pending bidding.

“And about the project of the new plant, it has not been tendered since the political landscape has changed, but we hope that it will soon tender it to take advantage of the arrival of gas to Sinaloa,” he said.

He recalled that the Spanish company Iberdrola is the one that won the tender to build and operate the combined cycle power plants: Noroeste (Topolobampo II) and Topolobampo III, in the municipality of Ahome, and will sell the energy produced to the CFE.

Another Spanish company, Naturgy (formerly Gas Natural Fenosa), will be responsible for distributing natural gas to the cities of Los Mochis, Culiacán and Mazatlán for domestic, commercial and industrial use.

Codesin is optimistic with this news, and this was reflected in one of his most recent reports on the subject:

“Sinaloa has a new competitive advantage to boost industrial development. Natural gas will attract companies from the sectors: chemical, agroindustrial, and medium and heavy industry. These sectors will diversify the productive activity of the state with new products and services of greater value “.

According to the same document, it represents savings of 20 percent for domestic use, 40 percent for commercial use and even 60 percent for the industry.

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