Country profile: Mexico

Summary figures for 2015

The following information is from the NEA publication Nuclear Energy Data, the annual compilation of official statistics and country reports on nuclear energy in OECD member countries.

Country
Number of nuclear power plants connected to the grid
Nuclear electricity generation
(net TWh) 2015
Nuclear percentage of total electricity supply
Mexico
2
11.2
*
3.9
 
OECD America
120
911.2
18.5
 
OECD Total
317
1 878.7
18.4
 
NEA Total
352
2 073.9
18.7
 

* Preliminary data

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Legal framework

In December 2013, the Mexican government approved a reform of the energy sector constitutional framework in order to promote investment, economic growth and social development. The Energy Reform amended Articles 25, 27 and 28 of the Mexican Constitution and established a 21-article transitory regime. Secondary legislation was passed in the second half of 2014 to implement the constitutional reform.
Energy Reform reaffirmed the nation's ownership of hydrocarbons in the subsoil and the state strategic guidance for hydrocarbon and electric power industries through stronger regulatory bodies and mechanisms, allowing private investment and association in the exploration and extraction of hydrocarbons, their transport, storage and treatment, as well as generation and commercialisation in the electric power industry, with the exception of nuclear power generation.
Mexican Petroleum (PEMEX) and the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) were transformed into state productive enterprises with technical, management and budgetary autonomy. The state will promote the protection of the environment through sustainability principles, the use of renewables and cleaner fuels, as well as measures to reduce polluting emissions from the electric power industry.

Operation of the Laguna Verde reactors

On 26 December 2014, Laguna Verde unit 2 received permission from the Mexican Regulatory Authority to operate at the extended power uprate level (120% of the original licensed thermal power), and so it operated during 2015 at this new power level (2 317 MWth, 810 MWe). The new operation licence at this power level has not yet been issued by the Energy Secretariat.
During 2015, Laguna Verde unit 1 operated at 2 027 MWth (105% of the original licensed thermal power) and performed its 17th refuelling outage in the last quarter of this year.

Licence renewal

In 2015, an application for a licence renewal of Laguna Verde unit 1 was submitted to the Mexican Regulatory Authority, which will allow its operation for 30 more years. This unit licence expires on July 2020.

Spent fuel storage

In 2015, an independent spent fuel storage installation (ISFSI) started its construction on the Laguna Verde site.

Source: Nuclear Energy Data 2016

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Last reviewed: 21 December 2016