The Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) and the National Tourism Promotion Fund (Fonatur) signed an agreement to draw up a collaboration route in order to modernize and adapt the electrical networks that will supply the necessary electrical energy for the railway infrastructure of the Maya Train in Southeast Mexico.
According to the agreement, the CFE will provide its experience, technical and human capacity to carry out the previous engineering, supervision, and construction works of the electrical infrastructure in the states of Yucatán, Campeche, Quintana Roo, Tabasco, and Chiapas, both instances reported in a statement.
For its part, Fonatur will provide the resources, as well as the facilities and information at its disposal, for the development of the project.
The agreement was signed by Manuel Bartlett Díaz, CFE CEO, and Rogelio Jiménez Pons, Fonatur director, and together they will launch the project’s electrification strategy.
In adherence to the commitment of the Government of Mexico with the protection of the environment, they added, Fonatur modified the Maya Train project in order for it to use electrical energy in more than 40% of the route.
CFE Distribución, CFE Transmission and CFE Basic Supply, Subsidiary Productive Companies of the CFE, will participate in the planning, development, implementation, installation, and operation of the electrical infrastructure for the Tren Maya project. The modernization works will favor the stability and reliability of the electrical system.
The sections corresponding to the Mérida-Cancún-Chetumal route will be electrified. This represents 680 kilometers of route, including double lanes for multiple services. The design for these sections with the expected higher demand was modified to incorporate electric traction in the rolling stock and in the railway infrastructure. For the rest of the route, there is the possibility of electrifying in the future.
“I am pleased that this agreement with the CFE has been finalized. I am sure that working hand in hand, the Maya Train could be an avant-garde technology project. In addition, it will be able to demonstrate that with the electrification of 40% of its route, large-scale works can be carried out in the country and that these fulfill the responsibility of governments to be more environmentally friendly ”, said Jiménez Pons.
For his part, Manuel Bartlett assured that “CFE’s commitment is to make available the remarkable technical capacity of its personnel to meet the short project times.”