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Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Greenhouse agriculture: Mexican agricultural producer Hortigen Produce reported plans to invest approximately US$80 million in greenhouse operations in the central state of Querétaro over the next four years. Projects include the addition of 97 hectares (240 acres) of pepper production utilizing hydroponic techniques. (El Economista, February 28, 2018)
  • Mining: Mexican mining firm Fresnillo, a subsidiary of Industrias Peñoles, plans investment of US$755 million during the current year, the company reported. Resources will support operations in silver extraction, zinc refining, and dynamic leaching and pyrites plants. (El Financiero, February 28, 2018)
  • Beverage: Netherlands-based beer brewer Heineken inaugurated its most efficient plant worldwide in the northern state of Chihuahua, the company reported. The US$500 million site makes use of latest technologies in areas such as water efficiency, energy conservation and recycling of raw material byproducts. (Reforma, February 28, 2018)
  • Retail: Mexican grocery and general merchandise retailer Soriana plans investment of approximately US$160 million this year to convert stores from its Commercial Mexicana format to its Soriana and Mega formats. Soriana purchased 143 Commercial Mexicana stores from Controladora Commercial Mexicana in 2016. (El Financiero, February 27, 2018)
  • Electricity: Spanish energy infrastructure developer Iberdrola reported plans to invest US$1.7 billion in new electricity generation projects through 2022. New plants are likely to include natural gas powered combined cycle generation as well as renewable energy such as solar or wind. (El Financiero, February 22, 2018) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

Information collected from media reports over the last month:

  • Food processing: Mexican dairy products giant Grupo Lala inaugurated its first processed meats plant in the central state of Hidalgo, the company reported. The US$55 million facility will produce products for the company’s Nutri Deli brand such as hot dogs, Vienna sausages and sliced processed turkey and ham. (Expansión, October 30, 2017)
  • Construction: Mexican real estate developer Grupo Inmobiliario Frondoso reported plans to invest approximately US$184 million in new residential developments over the next four years.  Projects in planning are targeting cities in the central zone of the country including Guadalajara, San Luís Potosí and León. (El Financiero, October 30, 2017)
  • Electricity: Spanish renewable energy developer Acciona Energía reported it will build electricity transmission infrastructure in the northwestern state of Sinaloa, following a successful tender bid. The US$24.5 million project will include two high tension transmission lines and two substations. (El Financiero, October 24, 2017)
  • Aerospace: Aerospace manufacturer AT Engine Mexico, a joint venture between Germany-based Aerotech Peissenberg and Mexico’s Grupo Punto Alto, plans to establish a production plant in the northwestern state of Sonora. The US$200 million facility is expected to produce turbine parts for General Electric and Rolls Royce aircraft engines. (El Financiero, October 20, 2017)
  • Gasoline: U.S. gas station operator Gulf reported plans to establish 2,000 filling stations in Mexico at a cost of approximately US$211 million. The company also has plans to invest approximately US$400 million to construct six fuel storage terminals in the country over the next three years. (El Financiero, October 19, 2017) Continue reading Recent and upcoming investment in Mexico

New electricity rules to bolster solar market

Distributed generationIt’s hard to imagine that nearly seven years have passed since we published our last post on net metering in Mexico, but maybe it shouldn’t be surprising considering how painstaking and fraught with challenges the move toward energy market liberalization has been.  For generations, production and sale of electricity in Mexico was reserved for the state and carried out principally by the public enterprise Federal Electricity Commission (CFE).  The current administration’s 2014 energy sector reform, however, sought to modernize energy markets across various sectors such as oil, gas and electricity.  In the electricity market, the proposed changes include not only permitting private companies to generate and sell electricity, but to permit and incentivize distributed generation by independent small-scale producers.  Now, regulatory changes published over the past two months appear to mark an important step forward toward the development of a smart grid and distributed generation. Continue reading New electricity rules to bolster solar market