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The Mexican Ministry of Energy (Secretaría de Energía, or SENER) and the Federal Electricity Commission (Comisión Federal de Electricidad, or CFE) have published calls to participate in two bidding procedures for projects related to electricity transmission in Mexico.



The first call corresponds to the Award of the Management and Operation Agreement for the Electric Transmission Infrastructure for the interconnection between the Baja California Electric System and the National Interconnected System (Adjudicación del Contrato de Gestión y Operación de la Infraestructura de Transmisión Eléctrica para la interconexión entre el Sistema Eléctrico Baja California y el Sistema Interconectado Nacional), which was published by SENER on February 2, 2018: the SENER-BC Project.

The second call corresponds to Project: 303 TL in Direct Current Ixtepec Capacity-Yautepec Capacity (Proyecto: 303 LT en Corriente Directa Ixtepec Potencia-Yautepec Potencia), which was published by CFE on February 13, 2018: the CFE-Yautepec Project.

The SENER-BC Project and the CFE-Yautepec Project are the first to be tendered in Mexico under its new energy constitutional and legal framework, which allows the participation of private entities in the financing, installation, maintenance, management, operation and expansion of infrastructure for the transmission of electricity via a public utility.



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The SENER-BC Project


The SENER-BC Project comprises the development of the following:

a. A point-to-point, direct current transmission line operating in a bipolar form with a capacity of 1,500 MW, at a voltage level of ± 500 kV and with a length of 700 km.

b. Two converter stations with HVDC VSC technology of 1,500 MW, with a direct current transmission voltage of 500 kV, primary AC voltage level of 400 kV and secondary voltage according to the manufacturer’s design.

The project will be located in the northern Mexico, and will run from the Cucapah Electric Substation in Mexicali, Baja California to the Seri Electric Substation in Hermosillo, Sonora.
The main objective of this project is to link the National Interconnected System (Sistema Interconectado Nacional, or the SIN) with the Baja California Interconnected System (Sistema Interconectado Baja California, or the SIBC).

The SIN is the main electrical system in Mexico, and covers a large part of Mexican territory. The SIBC is located in the north of the peninsula of Baja California, which is electrically isolated from the rest of the country. However, the SIBC is interconnected with the electrical system of the western US, so linking it to the SIN expands platforms for interaction with other electrical systems.

The SENER-BC Project is expected to reduce the price of electricity in Baja California, improve the operation and reliability of the SIBC, and encourage wind and solar generation in the region.14 The project will require an investment of an estimated US$1.1 billion.15


CFE-Yautepec Project


The CFE-Yautepec Project comprises the development of the following:

a. A two-pole direct current transmission line with a voltage of ± 500 kV and a length of 610.5 km.

b. Five transmission lines in alternating current, with voltage of 400 kV and lengths of 25.3 km, 0.3 km, 131.3 km, 0.0 km and 138.7 km.

c. Seven electrical substations of various technical specifications.

d. Two converter stations of 3,600 MW and ± 500 kV.

This project will be located in the States of Mexico, Morelos, Oaxaca and Veracruz, and in Mexico City. Its main objective is to encourage the integration of renewable energy generation (mainly wind and hydroelectric) that has great potential in the southern region of the country, and to facilitate the transfer of this energy to the Valley of Mexico where there is a high demand.17 The project will require an investment of an estimated US$1.2 billion.


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Contractual aspects of the SENER-BC Project


The SENER-BC Project is structured as a DFBOT (design, finance, build, operate and transfer) project.

The basis of this structure is executing an electric energy transmission management agreement (the SENER Agreement) between SENER and the winner of the tender, which may be incorporated as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and act as the contractor under the SENER Agreement.

Due to the characteristics of this structure and in accordance with the provisions of the SENER Agreement, the SPV is jointly and severally liable with SENER to carry out the provision of the public electric energy transmission utility before the CRE and CENACE.

This project design is similar to that of the Independent Power Producers implemented by CFE under the former Electricity Utility Law, in which private entities produce electric energy for exclusive sale to CFE in exchange for consideration.

The winner of the tender is required to establish an irrevocable investment, management and source of payment trust with SENER and the SPV as trustors and trustees. The trust will receive and manage the assets of the SENER-BC Project, as well as the economic resources derived from the SENER Agreement, to serve as a means of repayment of the financing.


Contractual aspects of the CFE-YAUTEPEC PROJECT


The CFE-Yautepec Project is structured as a BOT (build, operate and transfer) project. In this structure, the contractor will not be directly responsible for the provision of the electric energy transmission public utility, as the contractor is only a provider of services related to this activity. CFE will continue to be responsible for the provision of this public utility and will be the entity that receives payment from CENACE of regulated transmission fees.

This structure also contemplates the incorporation of a transmission system trust in which the contractor that is awarded in the bidding procedure (the CFE Agreement)27 and CFE will participate, as trustor and trustee respectively (the CFE Trust), which will receive and manage the assets of the CFE-Yautepec Project, as well as the economic resources derived from the Agreement for the Provision of Services regarding the Transmission Public Utility (Contrato de Prestación de Servicios Relativos a la Prestación del Servicio Público de Transmisión, or the CFE Agreement) to be executed by CFE.

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