A new combined heat and power plant in Mexico being developed for Enerkin SAPI de C.V. – the first independent power producer in Yucatan – will use GE Jenbacher gas engines.

The new CHP plant, located in Merida, will use three Jenbacher two-stage turbocharged J624 gas engine generator sets (pictured) to produce 13.125 MWe and 13,800 pounds per hour of saturated steam.

Enerkin is a special purpose company formed by Proteinas y Oleicos SA de CV and other companies based in Merida. The steam production will be used as process steam in the Proteinas manufacturing plant while the electrical output will power the existing plants of the shareholders with the surplus energy going to the grid.

EPC contractor SEISA is to be supplied the engines by Smith Power Mexico S de RL de CV GE’s Mexican partner.

The plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in May 2015 and there is potential for the CHP plant to be expanded with additional units, GE says.

Gerardo Villavicencio, business leader, Mexico for GE’s Distributed Power business, commented: ‘By integrating our high-efficiency gas engines into a CHP application, Enerkin will be able to better meet its immediate power and steam requirements.’