Construction start for Ence Energía y Celulosa third biomass plant at Huelva
Spain-headed forest and energy major Ence Energía y Celulosa S.A (Ence) has announced that it has begun construction work on its new 40 MWe biomass power plant at its bioenergy complex in Huelva, southern Spain. After achieving the necessary authorizations, the project reached an important milestone last November, with the signing of a turn-key contract with SENER, the company awarded the contract to build the plant.
According to a statement, the geotechnical studies of the ground have been carried out, as well as the site preparation with foundation works for the plant equipment now commencing. In addition to the work on the site of the future plant, the company is completing detail engineering.
The new 40 MWe biomass power plant is anticipated to start operations in the second half of 2019 and will become the third biomass plant at the Huelva site – 50 MWe and 41 MWe respectively.
The company says that it will use the “most advanced technologies and systems” to safeguard the environment while offering the highest levels of energy efficiency in a facility of this kind. According to Ence, this ambitious project will consolidate its site in Huelva as the “most important and advanced” biomass energy complex in Spain and one of the most important investments of the company.
It is expected that the new facility will have a very positive impact on the creation of local employment and the revitalization of the municipality’s economy.
According to the estimates of the Asociación de Productores de Energías Renovables – APPA (Association of Renewable Energy Producers), bioenergy generates an average of 30 direct, indirect and induced jobs per MWe of installed power.