January 10 (Renewables Now) - Spanish pulp mill operator and renewable energy company Ence Energia y Celulosa SA (BME:ENC) announced on Thursday the opening of a 50-MW biomass-fired power plant in the autonomous community of Castilla-La Mancha.
Ence has made an investment of about EUR 100 million (USD 111m) in this plant. The facility, located in the province of Ciudad Real, is capable of producing 325,000 MWh of electricity per year, which is equivalent to the consumption of over 60,000 people, Ence said.
It will consume around 238,000 tonnes per year of local biomass such as pomace, vine shoots, olive leaf, woody forest and agricultural remains, as its primary fuel. With the new plant in operation, Ence will reduce the uncontrolled burning of agricultural stubble, it noted.
The power plant is the result of a biomass conversion project at the former Elcogas thermal facility.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.111)