Acciona wins Mexico transmission contract

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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Mexico's state utility CFE has awarded a US$90mn transmission contract to Acciona for the construction of infrastructure to transmit electricity generated by the Empalme II combined cycle power station across the northwestern states of Sinaloa and Sonora.

The winning consortium comprises the firms Acciona Instalaciones México, Acciona Ingeniería Industrial and Acciona Industrial. Its bid of US$89.9mn was 18.5% below the CFE's budget ceiling for the project, with the 400kV, three transmission lines, totaling 119km, slated to enter operations in November 2017.

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The transmission line will help to meet growing electric power demand in the northwest, the CFE said.

Other firms that bid for the project included consortia comprising Abengoa México, Elecnor México, Eléctricas de Medellín Ingeniería y Servicios and Edemtec, another comprising Avanzia Instalaciones and Control y Montajes Industriales, in addition to one formed by Exclusive High Tech, Castco de México, Dina Camiones, Obras Especializadas del Pacífico, RA Construcciones y Adaptaciones and Actividades de Construcción y Servicios El Roble.

A consortium comprising FCC Servicios Industriales y Energéticos México, FCC Industrial e Infraestructuras Energéticas and Elextra Ingeniería also participated in the tender, as well as Isolux de México and a consortrium formed by Siemens and Omega Construcciones Industriales.

Consortium Duro Felguera-Elecnor won the contract to build the 717MW (plus or minus15%) natural gas-fired Empalme II plant in Sonora state in October, with a bid of US$397mn.