Brazil’s CPFL signs deal to build 40MW biomass power plant

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Brazilian power company CPFL Energia has inked an accord with sugarcane and ethanol company Grupo Farias that enables the São Paulo-based electricity company to invest R$127 million in the construction of a new 40 MW biomass power plant to be fuelled with sugarcane bagasse.
Grupo Farias will use 15 MW of the plant’s installed capacity for its own needs at a new sugar and ethanol refinery that will be built near the plant. The group owns 10 sugar & ethanol plants in the Brazilian states of Pernambuco, Rio Grande do Norte, Goiás, São Paulo e Acre.
CPFL Energia, which controls the remaining 25 MW, has already sold 70% of its share of electricity in the federal power auction held in 2006.

Tags: sugarcane, ethanol, bagasse, biomass