Sugar Mill Allowed to Generate 35 MW of Biomass

The Nicaraguan regulator has given the Compañía Azucarera del Sur (Casur) a license to generate electricity from biomass.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The plant which will generate 35 MW will be built at the industrial sugarcane complex, Benjamin Zeledon, in the town of Potosi, department of Rivas.

The license granted by the Ministry of Energy and Mines, is to build and operate the project for a period of thirty years.

"The nominal and effective generation capacity from sugar cane bagasse in the country at the end of 2011 reached 122MW and 104MW respectively, according to the regulator of the INE sector. The rated capacity represented 11% of the generation," reported Bnamericas.com.

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With the new law on biofuels in Honduras plans are to invest in technology in order to make better use of bagasse and triple the annual capacity for power generation.

The sugar sector currently generates 140 MW of energy a year, of which it sells 100 MW to the national electric power company at seven cents per kilowatt, and the rest is used for internal consumption by the enterprises themselves.

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