The project will provide 49.9 MW of power, enough to supply 50,000 homes
The ACCIONA Industrial and IMASA Ingeniería y Proyectos consortium was awarded the contract to construct, operate and maintain (for 15 years) a 49.9 MW biomass power plant in Cubillos del Sil, León. Construction on the plant is expected to be completed by late 2019.
The project, awarded by Forestalia and the regional government of Castilla-León, will require an approximate investment of €100 million. The joint venture between ACCIONA Industrial and IMASA will be responsible for constructing the plant under an EPC contract, and operating and maintaining it for 15 years.
It will be one of the largest forest biomass plants on the Iberian Peninsula and in southern Europe. The electricity produced by the plant will supply power to 50,000 homes.
The plant will occupy an area of 100,000 square metres and will use forest biomass to generate power. The plant will consume wood chips, trunks and twigs collected in the area and -to a lesser extent- herbaceous biomass (cereal straw) collected in the province of León. It will use 280,000 tonnes of biomass a year and will help forestry management in the woodlands of Castilla-León.
The project will incorporate the latest technological developments applied to power generation biomass plants. It will also be highly efficient in terms of generation, with low CO2 atmospheric emissions, in accordance with European Commission targets set for 2020.
The project will create 200 jobs during construction, and another 50 during the 15 year operations phase. Almost 300 additional jobs will also be created in woodland and field clearing and transport, as well as other services related to production of the biomass as a plant resource.
ACCIONA and IMASA have a great deal of experience in projects of this type. ACCIONA has participated in the construction of biomass plants such as the Sangüesa plant in Navarre, and the Miajadas plant in Cáceres, while IMASA has participated in a number of biomass projects with proprietary technology, including the Vetejar and Agroenergética de Baena plants, both in Cordoba.