Siemens has been awarded a contract to supply two SGT6-8000H gas turbines and two generators to Mexico. The components are to be installed at the Empalme I Combined Cycle Power Plant (CCPP) in Sonora, Mexico.

The plant will have an installed power generating capacity of 770 megawatts (mW) in total.

The customer is a consortium led by SENER which will act as turnkey EPC contractors for the project. The end customer and operator of the plant is the state owned utility Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) in Mexico.

Commercial operation is scheduled for November 2017. This power station will become the first plant with H-Class technology in commercial operation in Latin America.

For the new natural-gas-fired power plant units in Empalme I, Siemens will supply two gas turbines of the model SGT6-8000H and two SGen-2000H generators, including technical services during erection and commissioning.

“It makes us happy to be trusted partners of CFE and to have been awarded this order for two H-Class gas turbines in Mexico. It is the first order for this innovative machine not only in Mexico but also in Latin America. It reinforces our position as the worldwide market leader for this well proven H-class technology with more than 170,000 operating hours,” said Jose Aparicio, Vice President of Power and Gas Division for Siemens Mesoamerica.

“We are proud to be part of the development of Mexico’s electricity market. The Energy Reform sets new power schemes in Mexico and advanced technology and proven solutions will play a major role during the transition process and to meet its objectives.”

The components will be produced in the Charlotte gas turbine manufacturing plant in North Carolina, United States.

Siemens has so far sold 48 H-class gas turbines and is now present in the world’s biggest energy markets: North and South America, Asia, Europe, and soon in Africa. Sixteen of these machines are already in successful commercial operation with a high degree of starting reliability and availability.

The fleet of Siemens H-class world- record gas turbines has achieved more than 170,000 cumulative equivalent operating hours.