July 5 (Renewables Now) - Fepam, the environmental protection agency in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul, issued on Wednesday the environmental licence for a 50-MW biomass project.
The facility will be built on a 112,000-sq-m area in the municipality of Pinheiro Machado at a total cost of BRL 1 billion (USD 255.5m/EUR 219.2m). It is owned by local company Pellco Brasil and will be able to produce 75,000 tonnes of wood pellets a month in addition to electricity from biomass.
For its electricity generation, the plant will use ground logs, bark, twigs, bundles of trees and rice hulls as fuel. The pellets will be exported to countries such as Japan and the US, to be burned in power plant boilers, the government said.
According to the president of Pellco Brasil, Luiz Eduardo Batalha, the project will provide 1,500 direct jobs in the construction phase and another 1,200 in the operation stage.
(BRL 1 = USD 0.26/EUR 0.22)