CFE relaunches tender for combined-cycle power station

Mexico’s federal electricity company CFE relaunched a tender for the Topolobampo III combined-cycle power station.

The 666MW plant is planned to be built in the municipality of Ahome in Sinaloa state, on the country’s Pacific coast. The winning bidder would develop, build, own, operate and maintain the facility under an independent power producer model.

CFE rejected all eight bids received in November 2015 in the first tendering process. All the initial bids were rejected because the maximum annual charges for capacity offered by the bidders exceed what CFE had budgeted for. But all of the bids met the technical requisites and contained electricity generation prices below the CFE’s maximum of 0.7615 pesos per KW/h.

The natural gas-fired plant will require investment of around US$631mn and construction is expected to take about 2.5 years.

According to CFE tendering documents, the plant may employ one of two configurations: a three gas turbine-three heat recovery steam generator-single steam turbine variant or a two gas turbine-two heat recovery steam generator-single steam turbine option.

Bids are due on 12 January, 2017 and an award decision is scheduled to be made the following month.

According to a CFE power demand forecast, demand in the western region of Mexico will increase at an average 4.8% a year.