July 13 (Renewables Now) - The Portuguese municipality of Viseu has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the development of a 15-MW forest biomass project.
The Biomass Centre of Viseu will be in charge of the project. Overall, the new plant requires investments of EUR 52 million (USD 59.3m) to come thorugh the municipal programme "VISEU INVESTE".
Located in the parish of Mundao, the new biomass plant, which is scheduled to commence operations by March 2019, will cover an area of 10 hectares and meet the power demand of over 40,000 local homes, the local government said.
With an 140,000-tonnes annual forest waste requirement, the biomass plant will operate 24 hours a day, with a one-month stop for the required annual maintenance.
In addition to help boost the clean energy sector of the region, the facility will also contribute to the maintenance, cleaning and reducition of fires in Viseu's forests and will play a central role in local economic development and job creation, the government noted.
(EUR 1 = USD 1.142)