BAJA CALIFORNIA III COMBINED CYCLE POWER PLANT
The opening of Baja California III ratifies our leadership as the main private energy producer in Mexico
This combined cycle power station, located in the state of Baja California, is able to attain a total capacity of 314 MW and operates under the category of Independent Energy Producer.
Baja California III: main project data.
The Federal Electricity Commission has inaugurated this plant built by Iberdrola México and designed to satisfy the power demand of around 40% of Baja California's inhabitants.
During the inauguration, Jaime Hernández, chief operating officer of the CFE, highlighted the fact that the facility will use natural gas as opposed to fuel-oil to generate electricity as it is around 35% less polluting, thereby preventing over 394,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions. The chairman of the Iberdrola México Board of Directors, Sergio Alcocer, also reaffirmed the group's long-term commitment to Mexico.
The inauguration was also attended by Enrique Alba, chief operating officer of Iberdrola México, and César Cuevas, head of the City of Ensenada Building Department, as well as Sergio Aguirre, representative of SUTERM section 8.
The launch of the Baja California III combined cycle power plant, located 21.5 km to the north-east of the city of Ensenada, has entailed an estimated investment of 270 million dollars. Construction work began in April 2014, and its commercial commissioning took place in February 2017.
Thanks to its total 314 MW capacity, Baja California III already supplies energy with low CO2 emissions to 700,000 people. Thus, it ends the deficit of electrical energy in the state of Baja California, which, until the launch of this power plant, initially had opted to import electricity from the United States.
Under the terms of the contract, in which Iberdrola competed in the framework of an international tender, the company has assured the sale of all the energy produced by the Baja California plant to the Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, CFE) over the next 25 years. This combined cycle power plant operates under the category of Independent Energy Producer and features a power generation module composed of a gas turbine, a steam turbine, and a heat recuperator with three levels of pressure.
With the launch of the Baja California III combined cycle power plant, Iberdrola has established itself as the leading private electricity producer in Mexico and the second overall in this North American country, after the state-owned CFE.
Other projects under construction
Iberdrola México now has four other combined cycle plants under construction. These are:
- Escobedo (Nuevo León, 860 MW): The works are already very advanced, with the objective of starting the commissioning in 2018.
- El Carmen (Nuevo León, 870 MW): The plant is expected to start commercial operation in 2019.
- Topolobampo II (Sinaloa, 890 MW): The plant will begin its commercial operation in 2019.
- Topolobampo III (Sinaloa, 770 MW): The plant will start operating in 2020.