The new 46 MW biomass generation plant that Ence is building in Huelva has already joined the Red Eléctrica and has generated its first megawatt of renewable energy from biomass.
The new installation will continue in the testing phase until December, when it is expected to complete this previous test period and make it into official operation. The plant has been built following the best available techniques and can produce an estimated 299,000 MWh of electricity per year, equivalent to the energy needs of almost 56,000 people.
Once started, the plant will generate about 1,200 direct, indirect and induced sustainable jobs, which will be added to the 500 direct jobs that have generated its construction work. The company is now working on the training of professionals who will be in charge of operating the facilities, once it becomes operational.
For the hiring of these new professionals the company has had the professional schools and municipal employment services of several Huelva municipalities, especially with that of San Juan del Puerto and Huelva, within the framework of the collaboration commitment that Ence maintains with these consistories for the promotion of local employment.
Biomass is a manageable renewable technology, since it can be stored and programmed. Ence’s commitment to this technology thus contributes to advancing the decarbonization objectives set by the European Commission and to advancing the path of the energy transition.
The company has also developed a Decalogue for the Sustainability of Biomass as a Fuel. The sustainable management of biomass helps to mitigate climate change and prevents fires in the mountains, as well as the polluting burning of agricultural residues.
The investment that the company has allocated to this new plant reinforces Ence’s commitment to generate high efficiency and low emission energy, since it will use the most advanced technologies and systems to guarantee a permanent respect for the environment.
Since 2012, Ence has invested more than 300 million euros in what is already the most important and advanced biomass generation complex in Spain. Currently, there are two renewable biomass generation plants on the site that, together with the new plant about to become operational, constitute a clear example of qualified employment and cutting-edge technology, capable of minimizing the environmental impact.