This will be the first hybrid solar-gas plant in Mexico, integrated with a combined cycle plant.

Abengoa, the international company that develops innovative technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, is to develop the new solar field of the Agua Prieta II plant located in the town of Agua Prieta, in the state of Sonora, Mexico.

The 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.

This new project consolidates Abengoa’s position in developing efficient technologies in the environment and energy sectors, and as a leader in the design and management of CSP plants in Mexico, where the firm has been implementing innovative and sustainable solutions since 1979.

Abengoa (MCE: ABG) is an international company that applies innovative technology solutions to sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors, generating electricity from the sun, producing biofuels, desalinating sea water and recycling industrial waste.