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Fajardo biopharma producer adding $4.5 million cogeneration system


By John McPhaul

jpmcphaul@gmail.com


Pall Life Sciences Puerto Rico LLC, a subsidiary of Danaher Corp., is continuing its expansion in Puerto Rico with an investment of over $4.5 million in a cogeneration system for the production of electrical and thermal energy in its operations.


The expansion was announced over the weekend by Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Manuel A. Laboy Rivera, along with Vivienne N. Henry Sánchez, executive general manager of the company, which specializes in the manufacture of filters for biopharmaceutical applications.


“Established in Fajardo 45 years ago, Pall Life Sciences Puerto Rico LLC reaffirms its commitment to invest in the island with a system focused on business continuity and resilience, along with its commitment to the environment in reducing carbon emissions by a little over 30 percent, equivalent to 12 million pounds a year,” Laboy Rivera said. “This system will produce 1,350 kilowatts of electrical energy and 373 tons of ice water to be used in the company’s air conditioning systems. I thank the company for trusting in the Puerto Rican talent that strengthens the biopharmaceutical industry, which represents 45 percent of all direct, indirect and induced industrial jobs.”


The project is in addition to the announcement made by the biosciences sector company in July about the construction of a new warehouse for an investment of over $10 million in its operations.


“The company’s relationship with the island is one of commitment to the economic well being of the region, commitment to the environment and the community, and support for its associates,” Henry Sánchez said.


The DDEC secretary added that “[i]nvestments such as that of Pall Life Sciences Puerto Rico, in resilience technology, business continuity and reduction of environmental emissions reinforce the development of this specialized sector that is constantly evolving and whose economic impact on exports destined for more than 85 countries approximates 68 percent.”


Laboy Rivera stressed that the commitment of the agency he directs is “to be a facilitator for various economic sectors, both local and foreign.”


The company held a ribbon cutting that symbolically began the operation of the cogeneration system. José Sepúlveda, director of transmission and distribution of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, Deputy DDEC Secretary Julio Benítez and DDEC Director of Business Development Víctor Merced were on hand.


Pall Life Sciences Puerto Rico LLC also produces technologies for the medical device and biotechnology industries such as medicines, vaccines, cell therapies and classic pharmaceutical products.


Danaher Corp. is headquartered in Washington, D.C.