Delivering energy as safely and sustainably as possible is a priority for one of the largest private energy companies in Mexico. One of its local power plants is a prime example of how the company has put these commitments into practice.
The plant relies on municipal wastewater for its electric generation process. It had been using chlorine gas to remove contaminants so the water would be clean enough for use in the cooling tower and reverse osmosis (RO) system, which removes impurities through filtration. While this approach kept microbial growth in check, it required large amounts of biocides and weekly replacement of chlorine gas cylinders — a high-risk, two-person job.
In addition, the extensive biocide use had a negative impact on the performance of the RO membrane and its ability to filter the wastewater. To rectify this, the plant had to take the RO system offline for washdowns six days a year, which led to a loss in production. The plant needed a pre-treatment solution that was better for the environment, worker safety and productivity.
As a result of the switch to Purate™ Technology, the quality of the plant’s process water was enhanced, and its biocide use was greatly reduced. Energy use and costs declined, and safety and productivity were improved through the elimination of weekly gas cylinder replacements and a reduction in RO system washdowns. All of these benefits help support the customer’s commitment to minimizing the environmental impact of its operations while meeting the needs of its customers in a safe and sustainable manner.
As a result of the switch to PurateTM Technology, the quality of the plant’s process water was enhanced.