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Spain prepares two new biomass-fired units

October 24, 2012
By Argus Media

October 24, 2012, Perpignan, ES — The troubled Spanish biomass power industry will see two new units completed despite the sector struggling to add capacity.

A 10MW unit costing €40mn ($52mn) will begin commissioning by the end of the year, local legislators in Cantabria said. The Biomasa de Cantabria project in Reocin was built by local firm Ingeteam.

Spanish energy company Gestamp will start construction of a 16.8MW unit costing around €55mn at the end of 2012 or the start of 2013 near Soria in Castilla and Leon.

Both units were pre-registered with the Spanish government for feed in tariffs before Madrid suspended feed-in tariffs for new renewable energy projects on 27 January.

Difficulties facing the sector in Spain are underlined by poor capacity growth rates. The previous Spanish government cut the sector's 2020 capacity goals to 1.35GW from 2GW, the only renewable energy segment to see its targets lowered. Spain has an installed biomass-fired capacity of around 650MW.

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