Spain-based Acciona inks deal to build Mexico’s biggest wind farm
Spain-based Acciona has been commissioned by Mexican energy company Zuma Energia to build a 424 MW wind farm in Reynosa, in the state of Tamaulipas, in north-eastern Mexico; it will be Mexico’s largest wind farm when it becomes operational.
The Reynosa wind farm will provide enough clean sustainable energy to meet the needs of close to one million people and will avoid the emission of 739,000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere each year.
The project, worth approximately US$ 600 million, comprises engineering, procurement, construction, installation and testing of the civil engineering work, the medium-tension network, the power off-take system and the interconnection with the electricity grid.
Acciona will build the foundations for 123 wind generators, each with a capacity of 3.45-3.6 MW, on 120-meter towers, as well as roads and accesses. It will also install the medium voltage (34.5 kV) network for the entire wind farm, the 400 kV high voltage network with three substations (two step-up transformers and one for interconnection) and 40 kilometres of double-circuit lines.
The project is part of the capacity adjudicated in the second long-term electricity auction held in September 2016 by the Mexican government’s Secretariat of Energy (SENER) and its National Energy Control Centre (CENACE). In that auction, Zuma Energia was awarded a total of 725 MW of renewable energy capacity, 424 MW of which will be covered with the Reynosa wind farm.