Toshiba has been awarded a contract by Isolux to supply thermal power generation equipment for the retrofit and modernization of the Altamira thermal power plant in Tamaulipas State, northeastern Mexico.

Under the contract, Toshiba will deliver Isolux Corsán a major constructor of EPC generation plants, with two high-efficiency 165MW steam turbines and related equipment.

Currently, Altamira is fitted with two 158MW steam turbines and generators developed by Toshiba.

Earlier, Isolux Corsán -led consortium had received an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract from Altamira owner CFE for the retrofit and upgrade of the plant, including fuel conversion from oil to petroleum coke.

Toshiba is scheduled to deliver the equipment in 2016, and the upgraded power plant is expected to commence commercial operation in 2017.

Under its 2013-2027 Energy Strategy, the country intends to achieve the balanced generation mix essential for ensuring a long-term, stable and secure power supply as well as generate cleaner and more efficient energy.

This plan, as well as investments in advanced new power plants, will enable Mexico to further strengthen its energy independence in future.