A consortium formed by Spain's OHL Industrial and the SENER engineering group won a $477 million contract to build a combined-cycle power plant in the Mexican city of Empalme.

The power plant, which will use natural gas and have a generating capacity of 770 MW, is expected to go online in 2017, supplying electricity to northern Mexico, the companies said.
OHL Industrial and SENER will do the engineering work and provide equipment and materials, spare parts and special tools for the project.

The contract calls for the consortium to provide construction and testing services, as well as to put the plant into service.

An estimated 1,500 jobs will be created during the construction phase, the consortium said.
The Mexican Federal Electricity Commission, or CFE, awarded the contract for the power project.

OHL Industrial and SENER are working on other projects in Mexico, including two cogeneration plants for Cydsa and the TG-8 project at state-owned oil giant Pemex's Madero refinery.