Cerro Prieto IV Starts Geothermal Operations

Tuesday, August 22, 2000

Mexican 100MW geothermal plant Cerro Prieto IV started operations over the weekend in Baja California state's Mexicali valley, state integrated power company CFE announced.

The Cerro Prieto plant increased its installed capacity to 720MW from 620MW, and has now become the world's second largest geothermal generation plant, CFE's finance investment director Eugenio Laris said.

CFE is developing other geothermal projects in the area, such as Tres Virgenes and Los Azufres with which geothermal power generation will reach 1000MW.

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The Cerro Prieto geothermal plant now has four generation units: Cerro Prieto I with an 180MW installed capacity; Cerro Prieto II and III, each with a 220MW capacity; and the new Cerro Prieto IV with a 100MW capacity.