Overview

The 907 MW Norte III combined cycle power plant uses four GE 7F.04 gas turbines and will be operated and maintained by GE for the next 25 years.

The challenge

In 2015, Mexico’s Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) commissioned the development of a combined-cycle power plant in the State of Chihuahua, Mexico, to help meet the growing need for electricity in the region. The Chihuahua region was identified in Mexico’s 15-year electricity infrastructure development program as a “deficient node,” given its expected growth in the next decade.

The solution

The Norte III combined cycle plant will help to support this growth with the help of the 7F gas turbine, along with a full spectrum of digital solutions, that will provide direct support to the GE O&M team in achieving the guaranteed capacity outcome.

Outcomes

30 years of 7F expertise to help Chihuahua

500,000

households powered (equivalent electricity)

7F gas turbine efficiency

7F availability

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We chose GE to collaborate with us on the Norte III plant because of its reliable technology and total plant-service solutions. We believe this important project will allow the consortium to leverage our collective global expertise in infrastructure, energy and project financing to support the expected growth in the Chihuahua region.

Alejandro Maluf

CEO Techint North America

In June 2020, the Techint Norte III plant came online, using four GE 7F.04 gas turbines paired with four GE H33 generators and two steam turbines from Toshiba. Under the terms of the agreement signed in 2018, GE will also operate and maintain the 907 MW plant, located in the municipality of Ciudad Juárez, in the state of Chihuahua, Mexico, for the next 25 years.

It was an auspicious month, as in addition, in June, GE celebrated the 30-year anniversary of its 7F gas turbine technology. GE’s first 7F started commercial operation in 1990 and is still generating power today. The 7F technology is core to GE’s Gas Power portfolio of full life cycle products and services. Its installed base of 950+ units (including 96 in Latin America) generating 150 GW daily is a testament to the engine’s success and power plant operators’ trust to work with GE to achieve high performance and operational reliability.