New low-emission biomass power plant

Render of the biomass power plant for ENCE in Puertollano (Spain).

SENER has signed a contract with ENCE Energía y Celulosa, under either a turnkey or EPC arrangement, to supply a third low-emission biomass power plant, this time located in Puertollano (Ciudad Real, Spain). This is the third contract that SENER has performed for ENCE, following the contracts for the turnkey construction of biomass power plants in Mérida and Huelva. In all cases, the contract covers the design, supply, construction and commissioning of the plant, as well as the running and maintenance during the first two years of operation.

The new facility will consist of an electricity generation plant using biomass from the forestry, farming and agrobusiness industries. It will enter into operation in 2020 and, like the previous two, will be one of the largest low-emission and high-efficiency residual biomass renewable energy plants in Spain.

This new contract affirms the ENCE group’s trust in SENER’s technology, after successfully executing the project in Mérida, which came into operation in 2014 and is now running at full capacity. The power plant in Huelva, meanwhile, is currently in the construction phase, and it is expected to enter into operation in the third quarter of 2019.

Second render of the plant’s design.

All three power plants apply SENER technology, a highly-efficient, regenerative thermodynamic cycle with reheating capability, which includes a furnace with a reheater and a turbine with two bodies –high and low pressure–, as well as several extractions. Likewise, the plant will be refrigerated using cooling towers. All of this will contribute to bringing the plant’s gross output to over 35%. Due to their innovative design, which combines high efficiency and low emissions, ENCE’s three power plants designed by SENER will serve as a benchmark among biomass power plants.