Grupo PIASA, a company led by Arca Continental and other bottlers part of the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry, inaugurated in recent days their Electric Power Generation Plant based on biomass in Oaxaca.
The facility, capable of generating 50 MW/HR, is Grupo PIASA’s second biomass-based generating plant in the country.
With an investment of US$ 61 million in three years, this project benefits from the sugarcane bagasse resulting from the milling process and uses it as fuel to generate steam, that is also used to produce electricity that supplies the sugarcane mill and its partners of the Mexican Coca-Cola Industry. The surplus is delivered to the Federal Electricity Commission, CFE for its initials in Spanish.
The plant's efficiency will allow Grupo Piasa to stop using 4.5 million liters of fossil fuels a year, which will reduce its CO2 emissions on 14 thousand tons, equivalent to what 8,000 vehicles would produce. Additionally, the process of cogeneration will increase the competitiveness of the clean energy supply in Mexico.
“The challenges we are facing nowadays obliges the companies, authorities and citizens to be committed with society’s well-being, and to work side by side in shared solutions, that could transcend trends and moments, with a long-term vision and generosity,” said in a statement Jaime Sanchez Fernandez, Chairman of the Board of Grupo Piasa.