Spanish renewable energy specialist Acciona has been awarded a contract by Mexican energy company Zuma Energía to build a 424MW wind farm in Tamaulipas, Mexico.
The $600m project will produce clean energy to meet the needs of approximately one million people. The plant, which is being billed as Mexico's largest wind farm upon becoming operational, will offset the emission of 739,000 tonnes of CO2 to the atmosphere annually.
The scope of the work includes engineering, procurement, construction, installation and testing of the civil engineering work, the medium-tension network, the power off-take system and the interconnection with the electricity grid.
As per terms of the contract, Acciona will build the foundations for 123 wind generators, each with a capacity of 3.45-3.6MW, on 120m towers, as well as roads and accesses.
The Madrid-based contractor will also install the medium voltage (34.5kV) network for the entire wind farm, the 400kV high voltage network with three substations and 40km of double-circuit lines.
The Reynosa project forms part of the generation capacity awarded to Zuma Energía during electric power auction held in September 2016, in which Zuma was awarded a total of 725MW of renewable energy capacity, 424MW of which will be covered by the Reynosa wind farm.
Zuma Energía CEO Adrián Katzew said: “This is a major achievement for Zuma: in just three years it has established a pipeline of 800 MW, secured funding for its largest project and positioned itself as the leading Mexican company in the country's renewable energy industry.
“This is also solid evidence of the transformation of Mexico's energy industry, where renewable energy is growing in importance in both economic and environmental terms."