Metlac, Mexico

Environmentally-friendly beer production

Cerverceria Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma SA de CV is a beer factory in Mexico. It is part of the Heineken Group.

In June 2017, the factory received a prize for environmental excellence based on its consumption of renewable energy. Some 20% of the factory’s electricity demand comes from its own hydropower plant, Metlac.

Because of its long-held expertise in small hydro and its important local presence and support network in Mexico, ANDRITZ Hydro received a contract to refurbish the plant. The scope of the contract comprises supply of three generating units including Francis horizontal turbines, butterfly inlet valves, synchronous generators, a cooling water system, automation, and complete electrical power systems. The contract also includes removal of the old equipment and installation and commissioning of its replacement. Executed in an open consortium between the ANDRITZ Hydro locations in Grenoble, France, and Morelia, Mexico, this order again shows the competence of ANDRITZ in the small and mini hydropower market, as well as the strong international cooperation between all our locations.

Technical Details

Total output:7.37 MW 
Scope:3 × 2.45 MW
Head:125 m
Speed:900 rpm
Runner diameter:618 mm

Author: Sergio Contreras

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