Gas turbine technology from GE is to be used to convert a conventional power plant into the first large-scale cogeneration plant in Mexico, in support of the Mexican government’s initiative to promote cogeneration as a key step in improving the efficiency of the country’s energy infrastructure. The new plant will offer increased efficiency and will supply process steam to one of the country’s most important natural gas complexes.

The new 300 MW cogeneration plant will be owned by a consortium made up of Abener and Abengoa Mexico and will supply steam and power to PEMEX, Mexico’s state-owned oil and gas company, for use at PEMEX’s existing natural gas processing facility at the site, located in the state of Tabasco. The cogeneration plant will be able to generate between 550 and 800 tonnes of process steam per hour.

GE will supply two Frame 7FA gas turbines, which have the capability to burn natural gas with high nitrogen content, which fits the profile of the fuel available at the Nuevo PEMEX site. In addition, GE has signed a 20-year contractual service agreement to provide a full range of plant services, including planned and unplanned maintenance.

The Mexican Congress passed energy reform legislation in 2008, as part of the country’s commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% below 2002 levels by the year 2050. The government is promoting CHP, or cogeneration, as an energy efficient option to help meet the country’s energy goals.