Hydroelectric Power Plants in Mexico

Aguamilpa
Location: NAY
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 3 X 320 MW Francis
Operation: 1994
T/G supplier: Hydroenergo, Siemens
EPC: Voest
Quick facts: This plant has a 186m concrete face rockfill dam.

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Re-posted 25 Jan 2014

Aguaprieta
Location: JAL
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 120 MW Pelton
Operation: 1993
T/G supplier: Sulzer Escher Wyss, Toshiba

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 31 Jul 2005

Angostura
Location: CHIS
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 5 X 180 MW Francis
Operation: 1976-1978
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, Asea

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 31 Jul 2005

Bacurato
Location: SIN
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 46 MW Francis
Operation: 1987
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, Toshiba

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 7 Aug 2005

Chicoasen
Location: CHIS
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 5 X 300 MW, 3 X 310 Francis
Operation: 1980-2005
T/G supplier: MHI, Asea, Alstom
Quick facts: With the completion of three new 310-MW units, ordered from Alstom in Nov 2000 for €140mn, this became Mexico's largest hydro plant. It is connected to the grid by six 400kV lines and two 115kV lines. The plant is also known as Manuel Moreno Torres, named after a CFE Director General in the late 1950s. At completion, the 261m dam was the world's fifth tallest.

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 7 Aug 2005

Comedero
Location: SIN
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 50 MW Francis
Operation: 1991
T/G supplier: Escher Wyss, Toshiba
Quick facts: Also known as Raul Marsal

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 8 Aug 2005

El Cajon
Location: NAY
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 375 MW
Operation: 2007
T/G supplier: Kharkov, Electrosila
EPC: ICA, Energomachexport
Quick facts: In May 2002, CFE began preparations for tendering this plant on the Rio Santiago. Bids were invited in Sep 2002, and in Mar 2003, a consortium led by ICA won the tender with a bid of $748mn. This was the first EPC contract for a hydroelectric plant under Mexico’s financed public works program. Equipment was manufactured in Brazil, Russia, and Ukraine. The dam is 640m long and 178m high.

Photograph courtesy of Academia de Ingenieria
Posted 2 Jun 2007

El Caracol
Location: GRO
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 3 X 198 MW
Operation: 1986-1987
T/G supplier: MHI, Ansaldo
Quick facts: Also known as Ingeniero Carlos Ramírez Ulloa

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 7 Aug 2005

Huites
Location: SIN
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 220 MW Francis
Operation: 1995-1996
T/G supplier: LMZ, Siemens
Quick facts: Also known as Colosio

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 10 Aug 2005

Ixtapantongo
Location: DF
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 28 MW, 1 X 52 MW Francis
Operation: 1944-1954
T/G supplier: Baldwin, Voith, WHC, Oerlikon

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 10 Aug 2005

La Yesca
Location: JAL
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 375 MW Francis
Operation: 2012
T/G supplier: Power Machines Group
EPC: ICA, La Peninsular Compania Constructora SA de CV
Quick facts: Along with Aguamilpa HPP and El Cajon HPP, La Yesca is part of the Río Grande de Santiago hydro system at the border of Jalisco and Nayarit states. The scheme was tendered by CFE in 2007 and the selected contractors built the world's tallest concrete-faced earthfill damat 220m The manufacture and supply of the main equipment for the T/G sets was completed in 2010 and the two units went online in Oct and Dec 2012, respectively.

Photograph courtesy of Grupo Profesional Planeación y Proyectos SA de CV
Posted 9 Feb 2013

Malpaso
Location: CHIS
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 6 X 180 MW Francis
Operation: 1969-1977
T/G supplier: MHI., Escher Wyss, Asea

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 18 Sep 2005

San Rafael
Location: NAY
Operator: Generadora Electrica San Rafael
Configuration: 3 X 8.2 MW Kaplan
Operation: ??
T/G supplier: ??
EPC: Ukrhydroproject

, Dames & Moore
Quick facts: San Rafael HPP will be built on this existing 38.5m RCC regulating dam on the Rio Santiago. Design annual production of the proposed power plant is 110 GWh/yr.

Photograph courtesy of Ukrhydroproject
Posted 25 Mar 2007

Santa Rosa
Location: JAL
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 31 MW Francis
Operation: 1964
T/G supplier: Toshiba

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 18 Sep 2005

Trojes
Location: MIC
Operator: Enel Latin America
Configuration: 1 X 8 MW Francis
Operation: 2003
T/G supplier: Alstom, VA TECH
EPC: Alstom
Quick facts: This project was built using one of two diversion tunnels at an existing irrigation dam. Water released from the dam is used for the Coahuayana Irrigation Dist 20km downstream. No public funding was used for this CDM project which has average annual production of about 42 GWh.. The plant was developed by Corp Mexicana de Hidroelectricidad SA de CV and acquired by Enel in Dec 2007.

Photograph courtesy of Corp Mexicana de Hidroelectricidad
Posted 8 Oct 2006

   

Zimapan
Location: HGO
Operator: Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Configuration: 2 X 146 MW Pelton
Operation: 1996
T/G supplier: Kvaerner, ABB
Quick facts: In 1989, the World Bank approved a loan of $460mn to finance the construction of Aguamilpa and Zimapan.

Photograph courtesy of Comision Federal d'Electricidade
Posted 18 Sep 2005

Abbreviations

Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 25-Jan-2014

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