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Mexico's first utility-scale wind plant is being installed in Oaxaca state by the country's national utility. The seven turbine project, at La Venta in the south-west, is a turnkey development by the Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE). The same region in Oaxaca is also where New World Power Corp is forging land agreements with a view to substantial wind installations (Windpower Monthly, October 1993).

The turbines are 225 kW Vestas machines from Denmark, according to the commission's Roberto Cadenas Tovar. The plant will operate by the end of June, he says, and the capacity may eventually be increased. It is being funded by CFE and will cost $2.2 million. Construction is by a private company called ENTEC, which is also dealing with New World to install 300 MW in La Venta, says Tovar. (There have not yet been negotiations with CFE regarding the New World deal because the project remains uncertain, he adds). Wind potential of 2000 MW has been assessed for the La Venta in total.

Other possibilities are also being studied at ten sites in Quintana Roo -- on the Yucatan Peninsula -- in Veracruz, Hidalgo, Baja California and Zacatecas states, says Tovar. Especially high potential has been found in La Virgen in Zacatecas. Tovar estimates that Mexico will have at least 350 MW of wind installed by the year 2000, with private companies participating as owners.

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