Spain's Ence moves ahead with plans for biomass facilities on Canary Islands

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Spain's Ence moves ahead with plans for biomass facilities on Canary Islands

November 12, 2014 - 17:42
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BRUSSELS, Nov 7, 2014 (RISI) - Spain's Ence is moving ahead with its plan to develop two biomass facilities on the Canary Islands. According to the Las Palmas port authority, the legal entity Ence Energía Gran Canaria Dos has applied for a land use concession for an area of around 41,000 m² for the generation of energy from biomass in the service area of the port of Las Palmas. 

Ence revealed plans for more investments in the biomass sector during its annual general meeting on June 30, when president Juan Luis Arregui announced that the group will continue to expand in the biomass sector outside of the Iberian Peninsula. In a first phase, Ence intends to develop two biomass facilities on the Canary Islands. The plants will be located at the Port of Arinaga and the Port of Las Palmas, both on Gran Canaria, and will have a combined capacity of 140 MW. 

According to Ence, the planned biomass plants will be the first of their kind on the Canary Islands, and the development of the facilities will constitute an important modernization of the islands' electricity system. Moreover, the project will reportedly reduce the Canary Islands' high energy generation costs and decrease the massive import of fossil fuels.