Petacalco power station
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Petacalco power station is a 2,100 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Petacalco, Guerrero, Mexico.
Pacífico coal-fired expansion project, known locally as Carboeléctrica Pacífico or by its official name Proyecto 62 CCE Pacífico, was a proposed three-unit addition to the plant. The first unit, Pacífico I, was brought online in March 2010. The other two units, Pacífico II and III, were announced as potential long-range projects but appear to have been cancelled.
The undated satellite photo below shows the Petacalco plant, which is near Petacalco, Guerrero.
The six 350 MW units of the subcritical Petacalco power station were brought online in 1993-1994.
Pacífico coal-fired expansion project
In December 2005, Mexico's Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) contracted Mitsubishi Heavy Industries to begin construction of the Pacífico addition, which was announced as Mexico's first supercritical coal-fired power plant. The Pacífico I expansion (also known as Petacalco Unit 7) began commercial operations in March 2010, with a gross capacity of 678 MW and a net capacity of 651 MW.
Two additional units (Carboeléctrica del Pacífico II y III), projected to generate another 1400 MW, were both included in the government's energy portfolio as of 2010, and both appeared in the Mexican government's 15-year energy plans issued in 2011, 2012, and 2013. However, estimated completion dates for both projects slipped with each annual update. In the government's 2011 report, both plants were listed with projected completion dates between April 2021 and April 2023. In the 2012 report, projected dates had slipped to 2024 for Pacífico II and 2025 for Pacífico III, and in the 2013 report, the dates were 2024 and 2026, respectively. Neither plant appeared in the 15-year plan issued in 2014, and the 2014 report noted that price competition from natural gas had prompted a reduction in Mexico's use of coal for electricity generation, projecting that coal-fired plants would produce only 4.5% of Mexico's electricity by 2028 (down from 9.7% in 2012).
Project Details of Pacífico
- Sponsor: CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad)
- Parent company: CFE (Comisión Federal de Electricidad)
- Location: Petacalco, Guerrero, Mexico
- Coordinates: 17.98365, -102.115439 (exact)
- Unit 1: Operating
- Unit 2: Cancelled
- Unit 3: Cancelled
- Gross Capacity:
- Unit 1: 678 MW
- Unit 2: 700 MW
- Unit 3: 700 MW
- Type: Supercritical
- In service: 2010
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- Coal Source:
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
- "Mitsubishi, Carboeléctrica Diamante win 651MW coal-fired project,", BNAmericas, December 7, 2005.
- "MHI receives full-turnkey order from CFE for Mexico's first supercritical coal-fired power plant,", MHI, March 2006.
- "Programa de Obras y Inversiones del Sector Eléctrico 2011-2025," p237,, CFE, 2011.
- "CFE obtiene fondos para Carboeléctrica del Pacífico y programa emisión de bonos,", BNAmericas, March 22, 2010.
- "Programa de Obras y Inversiones del Sector Eléctrico 2011-2025," p244,, CFE, 2011.
- "Prospectiva del Sector Eléctrico 2012-2026," p126,, Secretaría de Energía, 2012.
- "Prospectiva del Sector Eléctrico 2013-2027," p149,, Secretaría de Energía, 2013.
- "Prospectiva del Sector Eléctrico 2014-2028," p39,, Secretaría de Energía, 2014.
- "Prospectiva del Sector Eléctrico 2014-2028," p113,, Secretaría de Energía, 2014.