Mexico awards Palizada power plant permit


MEXICO CITY�Calgary-based Transalta Corp. won a contract to build, own, and operate the Campeche power station in Palizada, Mexico.


MEXICO CITY�Calgary-based Transalta Corp. won a contract to build, own, and operate the Campeche power station in Palizada, Mexico.

Mexico's Comision Reguladora de Energia granted the independent power producer (IPP) permit to Transalta Campeche, which will invest $200 million in the project.

The plant will use combined-cycle technology, including a natural gas-fired turbine that will use diesel as an alternate fuel; a steam turbine; and an electric generator. Annual energy production is estimated at 2,103 Gw, and gas consumption will be around 13.5 bcf/year.

Transalta currently generates more than 5,000 Mw in Canada, the US, and Australia. It has more than 800,000 customers in Canada and owns and operates over 110,000 km of transmission and distribution lines.

The IPP permit will be in effect for 28 years. The start and completion dates for the plant's construction are set for 2003.

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