Under the terms of the contract, Toshiba will supply Isolux Corsán a major constructor of EPC generation plants, with two high-efficiency 165 MW steam turbines and related equipment. Altamira is currently equipped with two 158 MW steam turbines and generators that Toshiba shipped to Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE), Mexico‘s state-owned electricity utility, in the early 1970’s.
CFE, the owner of Altamira, awarded an Isolux Corsán-led consortium, an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for the retrofit and upgrade of the plant, including fuel conversion from oil to petroleum coke.
Isolux awarded the steam turbine contract to Toshiba on the strength of the company’s comprehensive technological and supply capabilities and its extensive experience in Mexico. Toshiba will deliver the equipment in 2016, and the upgraded power plant is scheduled to start commercial operation in 2017.
Mexico currently meets over 70 percent of its energy needs with thermal power. Under its 2013-2027 Energy Strategy, the country aims to generate cleaner and more efficient energy, and to achieve the balanced generation mix essential for ensuring a long-term, stable and secure power supply. In coming years, this plan, and investments in advanced new power plants, will support Mexico in further strengthening its energy independence.