After 200 hours of testing of the second hydropower unit of Hydro Power Plant El Cajon OJSC “Power Machines” has put into commercial operation within the scheduled time the main and largest power generating object in Mexico with the total capacity of 750 MW.
The commercial operation of the hydropower units will be conducted under the technical supervision of Power Machines till August 31 this year – the scheduled date of completion of all the works on the site of El Cajon HPP. Thereupon, in accordance with the contract, the warranty period of equipment operation will commence and will continue till 2009.
El Cajon HPP which was built on the Santiago River in the State of Nayarit in Mexico has the largest rock-fill dam in the world which is 180 m high. El Cajon HPP will supply electric power to the Town of Guadalahara and the local industrial enterprises. The construction of El Cajon HPP is currently the largest power project in Mexico and for Power Machines it is also the first and the most significant project in this country after a 10-year break.
As it was reported earlier, the contract for El Cajon HPP “turn-key” construction project was entered into between the Federal Commission for Electric Power of Mexico and Power Machines as a member of the international consortium with the largest Mexican construction companies ICA and La Nacional in March 2003. The contractual obligations of Power Machines include the supply of the full set of electro-mechanical and supplementary equipment for two 375 MW power units as well as performance of the full set of works related to installation, supervision and commissioning of the equipment. It should be noted, that this contract involves the highest ever level of responsibility for Power Machines with respect to the time schedule for completion of works and the quality of performance. In this regard, the commissioning of the equipment by Power Machines within the scheduled time has confirmed its “reliable supplier” status which was first granted to the Company in the 90-es by the Federal Commission for Electric Power of Mexico upon the completion of construction of Aguamilpa HPP and Juites HPP.