IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA Y CONSTRUCCIÓN has successfully completed the work to modernise the Laguna Verde power plant in Mexico, after concluding the fourth and last scheduled fuel recharge and synchronising both units at the plant to the grid.
The aim of this initiative, which is one of the most important to be carried out in recent years in the nuclear energy sector worldwide, was to increase the original thermal power of this Mexican electricity generation plant by 20%.
With this objective in mind, IBERDROLA’s subsidiary thoroughly revamped the equipment and facilities at the plant, starting in the year 2007. The capacity of each unit at the nuclear power plant now stands at 820 megawatts (MW).
The changes made have also allowed to extend the plant’s operating life to 40 years. Over 2,000 people participated in the last stage of the work, with a record 2.8 million accident-free hours of work being recorded.
IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA (97%), operating in a consortium with Alstom Mexicana (3%), was awarded the contract to undertake this project in early 2007, for the sum of over 600 million dollars. The international call to tender was announced by the Mexican public electricity company, the Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE)).
The terms of the award included the following tasks, among others: design, engineering, supply of equipment and materials, installation, assembly and testing for the power uprate at units 1 and 2 of this Mexican nuclear power plant.
IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA Y CONSTRUCCIÓN is one of the foremost nuclear engineering companies in the world. In 2010, it completed the project to modernise the Angra nuclear power plant in Brazil. A consortium headed by this subsidiary of IBERDROLA, with the participation of the Spanish Elytt Energy and the Italian ASG Superconductors, was also awarded the EURO 156 million contract to manufacture the toroidal reels for the international fusion energy project ITER, one of the greatest technological challenges for European industry.
In the Ukraine, the company was responsible for one of the major milestones in modernising the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant and in Bulgaria, the consortium formed by IBERDROLA INGENIERÍA (80%) and the Belgian Belgoprocess (20%) was awarded the contract to commission a radioactive waste processing facility at the Kozloduy plant. In Slovakia, the company has also recently completed the last stage of work at the Bohunice nuclear power plant (Slovakia).
IBERDROLA Ingeniería is a 100% subsidiary of IBERDROLA with headquarters in the Basque locality of Erandio. It is the fourth largest energy engineering firm in the world in terms of turnover and one of the major players in the Spanish electricity sector. It has projects underway in over 30 countries in Europe, Africa, America and the Middle East and its activities include the sectors of electricity transmission and generation, both traditional (nuclear, combined cycle with natural gas) and renewable sources (basically wind energy).