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Techint Norteamérica has operated the Coal Receiving and Handling Terminal (TRMC) in Lázaro Cárdenas, Michoacán, for more than 15 years.

Since 1999, the consortium comprising Techint and Grupo Mexicano de Desarrollo has, through Carbonser, unloaded and stored coal at the TRMC. From this location, up to 6 million tons of coal a year are supplied to the Plutarco Elías Calles thermoelectric power station, in Petacalco Guerrero, which is owned by the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).

In January, the TRMC was visited by a number of executives of the Federal Electricity Commission, headed by its Managing Director, Dr Enrique Ochoa Reza.  During the visit, the parties involved in providing this service treated them to a tour of the facilities and the vessel which was docked in the unloading area. Dr. Ochoa and his team noted the quality with which we provided this service, as they recognised and expressed their gratitude for the work of all the Carbonser colleagues.

To date, the terminal has operated safely and continuously for more than 15 years, complying fully with the provisions of the service agreement concluded between Carbonser and the CFE, with operations ongoing 24 hours a day and 365 days a year.

During this period of operation, the terminal has received more than 750 vessels and has handled an overall total of almost 140 million tons of coal, thereby contributing, alongside the CFE, to the generation of up to 2,800 MWH (it is the largest power station in the country); this volume amounts to almost 8% of the electricity generated in Mexico.

More about Carbonser

  • BOT (Build, Operate & Transfer) Service Agreement for 30 years which guarantees the unloading, storage, mixture, transport and delivery of pit coal to the Plutarco Elías Calles thermoelectric power station of the CFE located in Petacalco Guerrero.
  • The terminal boasts equipment, installations and a conveyor system of more than 12 km in length that handle a capacity of up to 6 million tons a year according to the Service Agreement concluded with the CFE.
  • The terminal holds national "Capesize" Ship Unloading records:
  1. Barco Aqua Crystal, a bulk carrier with the largest loading capacity that is present and handled in Mexico: 181,454 DWT. and,
  2. "Constantia", the vessel with the highest volume of actual carrying capacity handled in Mexican Ports: 142,993 tons. These are latest-generation vessels and are about 300 metres in length; they are unloaded in under 90 hours which equates to unloading an average of almost half a ton per second.