CFE to Build a Nuclear Power Plant in Baja CaliforniaBy Paloma Duran | Thu, 10/29/2020 - 16:25
To expand the efficiency of nuclear power in the country, CFE is planning to construct a micro nuclear power plant in Baja California said Rocío Nahle, Minister of Energy.
During a Senate session, Nahle said the construction is still under study and there will be a consultation to know if the people of the area would agree to the project. In addition, she mentioned she was convinced that this project will provide a cleaner and more continuous energy.
Currently, Mexico only has two power stations located in Laguna Verde, Veracruz. In 2019, Manuel Barlett, CFE Director, said that the company was analyzing the construction of four more power plants: two more in the Laguna Verde area and another two in the Pacific region. Nuclear power plants obtain electricity from nuclear reactions. Their infrastructure includes a nuclear reactor that generates heat that is employed to activate turbines and produce energy.
During the session, it was mentioned that Bartlett is expecting positive results to promote this project that aims to improve the efficiency of the electrical network in Baja California. The minister of energy mentioned that multiple studies are required to develop a plan that will contemplate the state’s peninsular conditions that could affect the energy supply. She highlighted the efficiency these new plants could have and that this infrastructure will be a constant energy supplier that will increase national security.
According to Infobae, López Obrador said that these infrastructure and energy plans do not seek to decrease foreign investment but to facilitate access to energy for marginalized people. He also compared his energy reform with President Adolfo López Mateos’ energy nationalization and according to him, private companies are not interested in helping marginalized areas of the country because this does not generate profits.
Bartlett mentioned that the cost per nuclear reactor of 1,400MW capacity totals US$7 billion for an expected 60-year lifecycle. CFE has not detailed any advances regarding the project’s studies nor the location of the new power plant, however.