Experience in International Projects
Challenge: In 2013, Mexico passed legislation turning away from its history of state-owned energy monopolies and were eager for the added power as the nation opened its electricity industry for the first time since 1960. Since the 1930s, the Federal Commission of Electricity (CFE) has dominated Mexico’s electricity sector by providing generation, transmission and distribution services to the entire country. Recent reforms will liberalize much of the nation’s electricity industry. Additionally, the recently adopted future reforms promise to dramatically reshape the power and utilities sector in Mexico. In addition to the regular challenges of a substation construction project, challenges stemming from the international nature of the project were:
HDR’s client Kindle Energy, A Blackstone Portfolio Company was working with the Frontera Energy Center in the Rio Grande Valley to build the necessary Substation and Transmission Lines to export power from Texas to Mexico. In addition to regular construction management challenges, the international nature of the project posed it's own challenges:
Solution: Think Power Solutions was hired by HDR to resolve this problem. Think Power performed construction management and addressed HDR and Kindle Energy’s problems as below:
Resolution: Think Power’s “Speed to Market” ability to staff the project with a Spanish and English speaking construction manager combined with the understanding of cultural challenges and sensitivities on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border helped ensure that the project was a success.