CFE extends bid date for Los Humeros expansion

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Mexican state power company CFE has extended to February 13 from January 19 the bidding deadline to install 21MW of new capacity at the Los Humeros geothermal field in Puebla state, the company's geothermal division head Raúl Maya told BNamericas.

Los Humeros currently has 40MW of capacity from eight 5MW units, the last of which came online in mid-2007. Seven new 3MW units will be installed alongside seven of the existing 5MW units, using residual steam.

This marks the third time CFE has pushed back the tender.

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The tender was delayed in response to a request from one of the firms that purchased bidding rules, Maya said.

A 3MW unit to be added next to the eighth existing 5MW unit was not included in this tender, although it could be tendered in the future.

Companies that have purchased bidding rules include Elecnor, Regenix/Ormat Systems and Prolec GE Internacional.

Under the original schedule, which called for bids in September, the winning bidder was supposed to finish construction of the first 3MW unit in May 2010 and complete another unit each month thereafter through November.

The tender number is 18164093-008-08.