CFE to launch tender for 50MW geothermal at Los Azufres

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mexico's state power company CFE will launch a tender in the coming days for 50MW of new generation capacity at its 188MW Los Azufres geothermal field in Michoacán state, Raúl Maya, the head of CFE's geothermal division, said at a conference in Mexico City.

Maya said the tender for the generation units is an opportunity for Japanese firms Mitsubishi, Toshiba, and Mitsui, and France's Alstom, among others.

In April, an energy ministry (Sener) official's presentation highlighted plans to ultimately increase Los Azufres' capacity by 150MW.

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Meanwhile, CFE is in the process of installing a 1MW photovoltaic (PV) plant alongside its Tres Virgenes geothermal field in Baja California Sur state. The company has space available for another 5MW PV, Maya said.

In addition, CFE has five "priority" geothermal projects in its pipeline: El Chichona, San Antonio El Bravo, Negritos, Lago de Cuitzeo and Tulecheck. Temperatures range from 180-220 degrees Celsius, Maya said.

With 958MW geothermal capacity, Mexico is the fourth largest geothermal producer in the world, behind the US, the Philippines and Indonesia. CFE hopes to increase capacity to 1.06GW by 2012, and at least 1.4GW thereafter.

Maya spoke at the Green Solutions conference in Mexico City.