CAGUAS – With a millionaire investment, the EMPIRE Group, under the leadership of its founder Don Ramón González Cordero, completed the process of installing the supply of propane gas to the new cogeneration complex (CoGen) for electricity and oxygen production at the Mennonite Hospital in Caguas. These projects are part of a long-term plan of the Mennonite Health System organization to train its six (6) hospital facilities in the generation of their own energy and oxygen. The modern cogeneration complex that has been put into operation today produces 1,748 kilowatts of electrical energy.
“Although this system is available for all types of industry, this particular project is part of our contribution to achieve 100% efficiency of the hospital facilities that adopt it. Our subsidiary, LIQUILUX, won the proposal for supplying propane gas to this institution with the commitment to convert gas into energy in an efficient and safe way that allows Hospital Menonita de Caguas to be self-sufficient in its energy needs. As an important fact, in addition to the super cost savings in energy consumption, the installed system makes a great contribution to the conservation of the environment, a very important matter in our times ”, said the Vice President of the EMPIRE Group Lcdo. Ramón González Simounet.
The person in charge of the industrial development area of the EMPIRE Group reported that since 1999 his organization has been sponsoring energy saving projects that include the Hospital de la Concepción in San Germán.
“LIQUILUX comes with the experience of being part of the successful energy cogeneration project of Hospital de La Concepción, the only hospital facility in Puerto Rico that generated its own electricity efficiently 24 hours a day during the hit of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Similarly, that complex in San Germán worked efficiently during the earthquakes this year. The EMPIRE Group has set its sights on being able to help the health system in Puerto Rico, so that the hospitals ensure substantial savings in their energy costs. In the case of the Hospital Menonita de Caguas, the project is more ambitious because in addition to becoming self-sufficient in electrical energy, the hospital complex will have a modern plant with a system that allows the production of 1,300 pounds of steam, which will be used in cleaning Medical instruments. Also, as part of the cogeneration process, hot water is produced that is destined for use in the hospital bathrooms and ice water for the air conditioning systems ”, indicated the lawyer González Simounet
Hospital Menonita de Caguas is the first hospital institution in Puerto Rico to have an oxygen production plant
“The oxygen production unit –which makes the Hospital Menonita de Caguas the first hospital institution in Puerto Rico to have this system– works by means of a compressor that collects atmospheric air, dehumidifies it, cools it, processes it and stores it in high pressure tanks until the adequate levels of purity are achieved to supply 100% the need for oxygen to the hospital. We are very proud to know that we can continue to take firm steps towards the goal of continuing to develop first-rate hospital facilities, with modern, robust and reliable infrastructures that have a direct impact on the service that we offer our patients every day. The implementation of systems like these allows us to have additional sources of energy and oxygen to ensure the continuity of our operation in any event. This is important for our patients and for us because it means a necessary peace of mind, in addition to contributing to the effective management of the natural resources that we need so much. We want to inform that, as a next step towards generating our own energy and oxygen, the Mennonite Health System plans to implement these systems in its hospitals in Guayama, Aibonito, Cayey, CIMA-Aibonito and Humacao ”, said Ricardo Hernández, executive director of the Mennonite Health System.