By Editors of Power Engineering
Siemens Gamesa has entered into an agreement with the independent developer, Fuerza y Energía Limpia de Tizimín, for the installation over the course of this year of 36 of the firm’s G114-2.1-MW turbines, with a total capacity of 76 MW, at the Tizimín wind farm.
The project is being developed in the state of Yucatán, which is scheduled for commissioning in 2018. The contract also encompasses the operation and maintenance of the turbines for five years.
Siemens Gamesa will use a new technique for the foundations, namely concrete braces. This solution, deployable when a wind farm meets certain conditions, increases the turbines’ output by increasing the height of the hub by up to five meters. This in turn brings down the facility’s overall cost of energy and delivers design flexibility in terms of tailoring the blueprints for the terrain.
This is the first agreement entered into between the two companies in Mexico, having already fulfilled a 100-MW order in Uruguay.
Siemens said Mexico is currently one of the wind power markets with greatest growth potential. The electricity sector reforms passed in 2015 aim to have 35 percent of the country’s electricity generated from renewable sources by 2024. Current forecasts call for the installation of around one GW of wind capacity per annum in the coming years.
Since entering this market in 1999, Siemens Gamesa has installed 1,250 wind turbines in the country totaling almost 2,200 MW.