MAN Engines has supplied the first natural gas-fired engine for what it called the first combined heat and power (CHP) power plant built completely in Mexico.

The German-based power generation firm supplied its MAN E3262 LE 202 engine to Mexican partner Cysore SA de CV. Cysore commissioned the engine for its 470-kW (mechanical) CHP project.

“Thanks to the engine’s level of efficiency and reliability, MAN Engines has created the perfect solution for the Latin-American market,” said Israel Becerra Moreno, a co-founder of Cysore. “The main challenge during implementation was the fact that the plant is situated 1,800 meters above sea level, where low air density can influence the combustion in the engine compartment.”

MAN has been providing Cysore with engines for biogass applications since 2015, but this was the first natural gas-fired generaton project for the two. Cysore’s CHP plant supplies heat and electricity to a large food corporation in Celaya.