Spanish Company Expands Its Biomass Power Plants

The Spanish firm Ence – Energía y Celulosa intends to purchase the stake of Endesa – a leading operator in the Spanish electricity sector – in the renewable energy generation plants with biomass of Enemasa (Ciudad Real) and La Loma (Jaén), in which the company held 68.4 percent and 64.1 percent, respectively.

According to the information, the operation allows Ence to increase the installed power of its energy business by 29 percent, which now reaches 143 MW.

The plants, which mainly use olive stones (biomass derived from the treatment of the olive for oil extraction) have a total capacity for 32 MW and will reach an estimated net production of 175 million kWh in 2016, Ence announced in December last year. The company’s goal is to achieve 383 MW of installed capacity in biomass generation by 2020. By its own assessment, Ence is one of the main European producers of eucalyptus pulp (production capacity: more than 950,000 tons per year), an important Spanish company in the production of renewable energy using forest biomass and a leader in Spain for the comprehensive and responsible management of forest areas and resources.