1 October 2010 – Mexico’s largest steel galvanizing plant, owned by POSCO-Mexico, is to save US$6 million per year in electrical power costs and achieve power independence by using GE Jenbacher on-site generation equipment.
The new 9 MW power project will use natural gas to produce POSCO-Mexico’s power instead of the company purchasing it from the grid.
The power plant, located in Altamira, Mexico, features three of GE’s natural gas-fuelled JMS 620 Jenbacher gas engines, rated at 3 MW each.
It was designed and built for POSCO-Mexico by its partner company, Daewoo Engineering Company of South Korea, and will enter commercial operation by the end of this year. The gas engines were sold to Daewoo Engineering through GE’s Jenbacher authorized distributor, Smith Power Products of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
The galvanized steel produced at the plant will be shipped to the automotive industry in North and South America, which depends heavily on this type of steel for the production of many components used in car manufacturing.
‘POSCO-Mexico benefits from the higher efficiency, reliability, durability, low fuel consumption and long life of our Jenbacher gas engines,’ said Prady Iyyanki, CEO – Gas Engines for GE Power & Water.
‘This project strengthens our support of business growth in this developing industrial area of Mexico.’
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