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Spotlight

Lorean Saltillo

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:53

Waste-to-energy facilities offer safe and technologically advanced means of waste disposal while at the same time generating clean energy, reducing emissions, and supporting recycling through the recovery of metals. This list of qualities attracts the attention of municipalities dotted across Mexico, as they stand to benefit the most from biogas projects of this nature. Gerardo Pandal, Director of Project Development at Guascor de México, describes a biogas flagship project.

Three months prior to stepping down from his position as Municipal President, Jericó Abramo Masso inaugurated the renewable power plant that runs on biogas from the landfill in the city of Saltillo, Coahuila. Lorean Energy, in association with Guascor de México, which specializes in the design and construction of cogeneration and biogas plants, won the tender that included the concession to treat the solid residue in the municipal landfill and the contract to generate electricity. Said concession states that the supply of electricity falls under a self-supply scheme and is destined for the public lighting of Saltillo, with a 10% discount on the tariff paid to CFE.

The plant began operations in August 2013 with a generation capacity of 1MW that was increased with the installation of a second engine in 2014, elevating the capacity to 1.6MW. This project was significant for the region since the municipality of Saltillo consumes approximately 4.5MW, which means that Lorean Energy began to supply 35% of the needs of the municipality with renewable energy, and at a considerable discount. This biogas project was the third of its kind in the country, after Monterrey and Aguascalientes, and by April 2015 it had generated 15 million kWh. In addition, it has been certified by COCEF and it is said to contribute to the displacement of 45,015 tonnes of CO2. The NADB disbursed credit resources of MX$38 million and the financing fell under the novel structure of Project Finance.

the installation of a second engine in 2014, elevating the capacity to 1.6MW. This project was significant for the region since the municipality of Saltillo consumes approximately 4.5MW, which means that Lorean Energy began to supply 35% of the needs of the municipality with renewable energy, and at a considerable discount. This biogas project was the third of its kind in the country, after Monterrey and Aguascalientes, and by April 2015 it had generated 15 million kWh. In addition, it has been certified by COCEF and it is said to contribute to the displacement of 45,015 tonnes of CO2. The NADB disbursed credit resources of MX$38 million and the financing fell under the novel structure of Project Finance.