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Biogas cogeneration plant installed in Juarez´s South Wastewater Treatment Plant is a model of energy self-supply for Mexican utilities

Posted on December 14, 2017

Biogas cogeneration plant installed in Juarez´s South Wastewater Treatment Plant is a model of energy self-supply for Mexican utilities

The 1.35 megawatt biogas cogeneration plant that currently reclaims methane gas produced as part of the Juarez South Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) process is an innovative model that Mexico´s utilities could follow to cover a share of their own power needs and obtain substantial savings in electricity costs incurred for the operation of their equipment.

This project, certified in May 2015, had an estimated cost of US $4 million and was partially financed by the North American Development Bank. The biogas cogeneration facility includes washing, drying and blowing systems to ensure the quality of the biogas, in addition to two generators with a capacity of 675 kW each.

Felipe Sanchez, Environmental Technical Manager of the firm Suez Environment, the concessionaire of the South WWTP that houses the cogeneration plant, stated in an interview that this facility is designed to generate 40% of the electricity required by the WWTP (which has been in operation since 2001).

The Suez official reported that in Mexico there are only three wastewater treatment plants with cogeneration systems –one in Leon, Guanajuato, a second facility in Saltillo, Coahuila, and now one in Ciudad Juarez. “This plant is a 100% environmentally-friendly project, it´s 100% sustainable and I wish we had more projects of this kind,” he said.

He also stated that “the contribution made by the North American Development Bank is very significant, very relevant, and a critical component for this project to be operational and become a reality.” He closed his interview by saying that “this project is very important for us and also for Ciudad Juarez.”

 

 




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