The HVDC Interconnection (High Voltage Direct Current) from point to point will have a voltage level of 500kv, with an estimated length of 1,400 kilometers circuit.
The Mexicali-Hermosillo transmission line, which will connect the isolated system of Baja California with the National Interconnected System (SIN), began its bidding period and opened its data room to a dozen countries and 19 private companies, among them which are Sinohydro, Engie, Nova, ABB, Siemens, Iberdrola, TC Energía Mexicana and China Electric Power.
The prequalified registry began on May 21 and will end on June 15, according to the calendar shown in the panel "Energy and Border Opportunities and the Future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)", while the reception of technical and economic proposals will take place until August 22, then give way to the ruling on September 14.
The importance of this project lies in the fact that it will connect the isolated system of the Baja California Peninsula with the SIN through a high voltage direct current link between the Cucapah Converting Station in the Mexicali zone, Baja California, and the Seri Converting Station in the region of Hermosillo, Sonora.
The HVDC transmission market valued at $11.52B by 2023, growth at 7.31%
The HVDC transmission market was valued at USD 6.79 Billion in 2016 and is expected to reach USD 11.52 Billion by 2023, at a CAGR of 7.31%. The increasing demand for cost-effective solutions for long distance power transmission and integration of VSC technology across grids to enable system security are the major factors that drives the HVDC transmission market.
Convertor stations expected to grow at a higher CAGR between 2017 and 2023
The converter station is expected to grow at the highest rate. This growth can be attributed to the rapidly growing market for valves and circuit breakers. The market for valves is expected to grow in the coming years due to the presence of insulated-gate bipolar transistor (IGBT) valves, which are majorly used in the voltage sourced converter (VSC) technology in HVDC projects. The increasing demand for VSC technology in HVDC projects is expected to fuel the growth of the market for valves present in converter stations.
HVDC transmission market for line commutate converter (LCC) technology expected to hold the largest share in 2017
An LCC station is ideal for high-power long distance transmission. Moreover, LCC station reduces power losses in the complete HVDC transmission systems. However, the LCC-based technology has its own limitations though it is widely used in HVDC transmission worldwide. The LCC-HVDC technology is used for submarine and underground transmission, asynchronous link between AC systems, and long distance bulk power transmission through overhead lines.
Source: HVDC Transmission Market - Global Forecast to 2023.
CFE expects to receive bidding offers in August and the award and signing of the contract is scheduled for September.
Efficient HVDC power lines eliminate the drawbacks of moving power across these long distances.
For large grids, HVDC lines provide an undeniable boon: electricity surpluses in one area can provide power to a nation’s farthest flung regions, reducing blackouts. HVDC can also balance out the intermittency of renewable energy. Wind and solar power are typically generated far from urban and industrial centers—by offshore wind farms anchored in turbulent seas or solar panels arrayed in isolated deserts.
Mexico's national electricity infrastructure will add eight new projects at $3.5 billion.
One of the works is the subsea HVDC line that will connect the isolated system of Baja California Sur to the national interconnected system (SIN). It is estimated that the project will start operating in 2021.
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