Mexico building out geothermal capacity

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Mexico's energy ministry had issued 24 exploration permits and six production permits for geothermal energy as of last week.

Production permits have been issued for the 570MW Cerro Prieto plant, which provides 40% of the electricity of Baja California state, the 10MW Tres Virgenes plant also in Baja California, the 225MW Los Azufres and the 80.4MW Los Humeros fields. All four are held by federal utility CFE. The 35MW Domo San Pedro plant was developed by Grupo Dragón, while an additional permit has been issued for CFE's 25MW Cerritos Colorados project in Jalisco.

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Mexico currently has 920MW of geothermal capacity and the ministry expects an additional 750MW by 2029. Of that, 100MW will come from the Volcán Ceburuco field in Michoacán and 75MW from Cerritos Colorados. There are also plans to expand the capacity of some existing fields, principally Cerro Prieto by 100MW, Los Humeros by 54MW, Domo San Pedro by 50MW and Los Azufres by 25MW.

Of the 24 exploration permits, five have been issued for the state of Jalisco, four each for Michoacán, Nayarit and Baja California, three for Puebla, two for Guanajuato, one for Baja California Sur and one for Chiapas.