141MW co-generation plant opens in Mexico

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Mexico's energy minister has cut the ribbon on a 141MW co-generation plant in Coatzacoalcos in Veracruz, the largest in the Gulf coast state and the 14th of its kind to be built in Mexico since the 2014 energy reform.

Built by Grupo INFRA at a cost of US$180mn, the plant will produce 46t/h of steam and created 3,000 direct and indirect jobs, according to an energy ministry press release.

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Pedro Joaquín Coldwell said during the inauguration ceremony that, by producing heat and electricity, natural gas-fired co-generation plants are more efficient and reduce emissions by one half compared with oil- or coal-fired plants.

The co-generation plants built as a result of the energy reform have combined installed capacity of 432MW, 60% of which are located in Veracruz state. They are designed to feed the petrochemical and chemical industries.