16 May 2002 – Alstom has won an €51M turnkey contract to supply six new substations and extend 12 others for the Mexican state utility Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) as part of a general upgrade of the Mexican power supply network.

Alstom’s Transmission and Distribution Sector will undertake the engineering, supply, civil works, erection and commissioning for all the substations, which are situated all over the country.

The company will build five new air-insulated switchgear (AIS) substations and, at Tanga Manga in the state of San Luis Potosi, a gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) substation. The 12 other substations will be extended with AIS bays.

The total transformation capacity of the substations will be 430MVA, with 29.4MVAR of power compensation. Thirteen of the substations, including the GIS substation, are to transform power from 115 to 13.8kV, two are 138/13.8kV substations and two are 115/23kV substations, with one 115kV transmission substation.

The project, 504 Norte-Occidental, was financed under the Pideregas scheme, under which CFE offers large tenders for infrastructure work in the country.

Equipment to be supplied under the project includes disconnector switches, control panels, metal clad and medium voltage circuit breakers and instrument transformers, dead tank circuit breakers and live tank circuit breakers.

The contract follows closely behind another recent project carried out by Alstom in Mexico under the Pideregas scheme, the Tuxpan project, which involved the construction of two 400kV substations and the erection of 111km of 400kV transmission line.

Juan Castro, Central and South American Sales Director Transmission Projects within Alstom T&D, said: “This contract allows Alstom to confirm its presence in Mexico and to develop its presence in the Americas.”