The Spanish infrastructure, energy and telecommunications group Elecnor has been awarded a contract to build a wind farm in the Mexican state of Baja California for USD 17.8 million.
The San Matías Wind Farm Project includes the installation of eight 3.8-megawatt (MW) wind turbines, which will total 30 MW of installed power in an area of approximately 250 hectares.
The project will take place within the San Matías community, which borders Mexicali, the capital of Baja California del Norte, and the municipalities of Tecate and Ensenada.
The project includes the engineering and construction of civil works such as roads, as well as wind turbine platforms and foundations, an underground medium-voltage grid, the electromechanical assembly and termination of the wind turbines, a booster substation, a connector substation, a junction with the existing transmission line and a communications line.
The output from the wind farm will be monitored and managed from a control centre located within the farm's electrical substation. Each wind turbine will have an individual monitoring and surveillance system to ensure both local and remote control. The project has been led by the Fuerza Eólica de San Matías company, currently owned by Sinia Renovables, a Banco Sabadell subsidiary that specialises in energy projects.
Elecnor in Mexico
Elecnor's 25-year presence in Mexico has seen it build more than 70 electrical substations with a total installed power of 7,000 MVAr, plus 1,500 km of transmission lines, 255 km of optical fibre, as well as the construction of two combined cycle power plants, a hydroelectric power plant, a 170-km gas pipeline and three wind farms, and the construction or renovation of six hospitals. Most significant recent projects:
- Extension of six 115-kV and 161-kV power capacity substations.
- Empalme II Combined Cycle Power Plant, with a power capacity of 791 MW.
- 170-km Morelos gas pipeline.
- Red Occidental power transmission, four transmission lines and three 400-kV and 115-kV substations. - Agua Prieta II Combined Cycle Power Plant, with a power capacity of 394 MW.
- Tizimín wind farm with a power capacity of 75 MW.
- Fenicias wind farm with a power capacity of 168 MW.
- San Matías wind farm with a power capacity of 30 MW.
Elecnor is one of the leading corporations in project development, construction and operation through two major mutually-enriching business areas: Infrastructure and Concessions.
Infrastructure, renewable energy and new technologies are the main areas of activity in which the Infrastructure and Concessions businesses are involved.