Chicoasen phase 2 expansion starts

Monday, May 6, 2002

Work began last week on the second phase of Mexico's state power company CFE's US$114.5mn expansion of the Manuel Moreno Torres hydroelectric plant in Chicoasen, Chiapas state.

The aim of the expansion is not to produce more electricity but rather to provide a better service a peak times, plant superintendent Fernando Calderon said, newspaper El Universal reported.

The plant was designed to have eight 300MW units. Five were installed in its first phase, and now three new 300MW units will be added to generate an additional 900MW, he said. Work is scheduled for completion in June 2004, giving the plant a total capacity of 2,400MW.

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The Canadian subsidiary of France's Alstom Power is managing the expansion and will supply equipment from its factories in Brazil, France and Canada.