Abengoa to develop concentrating solar power plant in Agua Prieta, Mexico

The solar thermal project, the first in Mexico, has been promoted by the Mexican Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) of the United Nations’ Development Program. It is expected to come into operation within approximately 22 months.

Abengoa will carry out the engineering, design and start-up of the innovative solar-gas hybrid technology in the new Agua Prieta II concentrated solar power (CSP) plant, comprised of a 12 MW solar field of parabolic trough collectors.

The second phase of the project will be completed with a combined cycle plant capable of producing up to 464.4 MW of power, which will comprise two gas turbines, one steam turbine, a heat exchanger; cooling, condensing and power systems; and auxiliary equipment and systems.

The Agua Prieta II CSP plant is the first hybrid solar-gas plant in Mexico and the third that Abengoa has undertaken in the world. The first two, located in Morocco (470 MW) and Algeria (150 MW), are already in service and are the first and the largest plants to use Integrated Solar Combined Cycle (ISCC) technology.