GE Chosen For Mexico Plant
Project represents first CHP project in Mexico to feature GE’s Jenbacher J624 gas engines
GE’s Distributed Power business and its channel partner in Mexico, Smith Power Mexico S de RL de CV, will provide its gas engine technology to engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor SEISA for Enerkin SAPI de C.V.’s (Enerkin) combined-heat and power (CHP) plant in Merida, Mexico.
Enerkin – a special purpose company formed by Proteinas y Oleicos S.A. de C.V. (Proteinas y Oleicos) and other companies based in Merida – is the first independent power producer in the state of Yucatan. Its new CHP plant will help meet the Mexican government’s initiative for efficient cogeneration, the company said.
The new CHP project will use three of GE’s Jenbacher two-stage turbocharged J624 gas engine generator sets to produce 13.1 MW of electric power and 6260 kg/h of saturated steam from the exhaust of the units. The electric power produced will be used to power the existing plants of the shareholders, with the surplus energy being wheeled to the Federal Electricity Commission’s (CFE) grid. The CFE is the Mexican state-owned electric utility. The saturated steam produced from the engine exhaust will be used as process steam in the Proteinas y Oleicos manufacturing plant.
Enerkin’s new plant is the first EPC agreement between Enerkin and SEISA, an international energy projects developer based in Monterrey.
The plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in May 2015.