MAN Engines said it has supplied its first natural gas engine to Mexican OEM partner Cysore SA de CV for the first combined heat and power (CHP) plant to be built completely in Mexico.
This CHP plant, which went into operation in October, has an electrical power capacity of 470 kW and is powered by the MAN four-stroke, 12-cylinder E3262 LE202 engine. The 25.8 L displacement engine has a bore and stroke of 132 X 157 mm.
MAN Engines has been providing Cysore SA de CV with engines since 2015, although until now they have been used exclusively for biogas applications. Interest in the use of natural gas has increased since the deregulation of the Mexican energy market started gathering pace last year, the company said. With the help of MAN’s natural gas engine, Cysore’s new CHP plant has been supplying electricity and heat to a large food corporation in Celaya – the third largest city in the Mexican province of Guanajuato.
“Thanks to the engine’s level of efficiency and reliability, MAN Engines has created the perfect solution for the Latin-American market. Globally, the company is also at the forefront of technology in terms of feasibility and technical support,” said Israel Becerra Moreno, one of Cysore’s founding members.
MAN said the main challenge during implementation was the fact that the plant is situated 1800 m above sea level, where low air density can influence the combustion in the engine compartment. However, the engine generates the required level of power while simultaneously complying with NOx emissions standards of < 200 mg/Nm3 as per TA Luft (Germany’s “Technical Instructions on Air Quality Control”), the company said.