Abengoa, the Spanish company that applies innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the infrastructure, energy and water sectors, has been selected by Gas Natural Fenosa for the expansion of a water treatment plant in the 450 MW Norte Durango combined cycle plant, located in the State of Durango, Mexico.
In order to strengthen the combined cycle plant, Gas Natural Fenosa has entrusted Abengoa the design, construction and commissioning of this extension project. The aim is to increase the production of demineralized water and keeping a constant feed of water supply that the combined cycle needs. The plant will have 1,000 m3/day of treatment capacity, applying the latest technology in desalination using CCRO (Close Circuit Reverse Osmosis) and CDI (Capacitive De-Ionization) modules.
Abengoa is a world leader in the water sector with more than 70 years of history developing water treatment, desalination and water infrastructure projects. In Mexico, it has been present since 1981, carrying out conventional and renewable energy projects, electricity transmission and distribution, oil and gas, water and singular construction. . In the last 15 years, the company has completed several power generation projects including, among others, the conversion of El Sauz plant (414 MW) from simple cycle to combined cycle or the cogeneration plant Nuevo Pemex (300 MW) in Tabasco.
At the beginning of September the Spanish company reached an agreement with the consortium formed by Macquarie Capital and Techint Engineering & Construction for the sale of the 907 MW combined cycle Norte III, in the state of Chihuahua (Mexico), signed with the Federal Electricty Commission (CFE) and retaining the same scope and price for the sale of the energy originally agreed upon.
Based on the new model set in Abengoa’s viability plan, the company keeps the construction of the water treatment plant of the combined cycle. This project’s scope, under the Independent Power Producer (IPP) scheme, included the engineering, design and construction of the combined cycle plant, as well as its subsequent operation and maintenance for 25 years.
With the arrival of new resources, new owners will continue with the construction of the plant to achieve its culmination by 2019. Upon completion, Norte III plant, one of the largest combined cycles of the country, will produce enough power to supply more than 500,000 homes every year, providing an efficient response to growing electricity needs of the north of the country
The operation is part of Abengoa’s divestment strategy and represents a further step in the company’s viability plan being carried out. Over the past months, Abengoa has also announced the selling of Bioenergy Europe, Bioenergy USA, the solar-thermal plant Ashalim in Israel, the desalination plant Qingdao in China or the subsidiary Abentel to Ericsson, among others.