September 5, 2008

Areva Koblitz to Build Sugarcane Bagasse Fueled Power Plant in Brazil

French power engineering major Areva, through its subsidiary Areva Koblitz, has been awarded a contract worth over E33 million by Tractebel Energia, to design and build a power plant fueled by sugarcane bagasse in Pitangueiras, in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.

This new plant, with a 33MW capacity, will be installed at the Andrade ethanol facility, owned by the Guarani Group. Construction work has already begun and commissioning is scheduled for April 2010. This is reported to be the first Tractebel Energia plant fueled by sugarcane bagasse.

The contract is the result of a long-term partnership between Areva Koblitz and Tractebel Energia, a GDF Suez Group company. Areva Koblitz has built Tractebel Energia's first renewable energies plant, the 28MW Lages bioenergy co-generation plant in Santa Catarina, and has supported Tractebel in developing its business, according to Luiz Koblitz, CEO of Areva Koblitz.