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20MW biomass power plant set for Spain

Spanish firms Ence and SENER to develop €81m Mérida biomass plant in Badajoz

The biomass plant will generate energy from eucalyptus and poplar crops

A 20MW biomass power plant is being built in Spain. Two Spanish firms will develop the plant, with an investment of almost EUR 81m, which will be one of the largest of its kind in the country.

Biomass energy company Ence has signed a turnkey contract with engineering firm SENER to build the Mérida biomass plant in Badajoz, west Spain. It will provide power for around 150,000 people.

The 20MW plant will generate renewable energy from biomass using plantation trees, mainly poplar and eucalyptus crops. It is expected to start its operation in 2014.

Ignacio Colmenares, CEO of Ence, said: “The project will enable one of the largest renewable biomass power plants in Spain to start operation in the third quarter of 2014 in Mérida, with a nominal power of 20MW. It will provide a recurring EBITDA of EUR 10m a year, with an estimated production up to 160 million kWh/year, which is enough to meet the electricity needs of around 150,000 people.”

The facility will use SENER’s high-efficiency reheat and regenerative steam cycle. This includes a boiler with a reheater, a turbine with high-pressure and low-pressure bodies, several bleeds and a water-cooled condenser.

Last year, firm Ence acquired financing for its Huelva plant located in the southwestern region of Spain. The plant is scheduled to start operation in September 2012.