Execution of the CACAO biomass power plant in French Guiana is now under way with the recent award of the EPC Process package to Boccard and its partner Berkes.
The construction work has now started for the Cacao biomass power plant, named after the city where it is located (Roura area). With a 5.1 MW installed capacity, this power plant has been developed by Voltalia an international player in renewable energies. Voltalia will also operate the plant.
Construction works are expected to last around 30 months and the commissioning is planned in the first semester of 2020.
The EPC contract awarded to Boccard and its partner includes engineering, supply, construction and commissioning of the boiler island, steam balance of plant including steam turbine generator and its utilities. The contract also includes High and low voltage electrical equipment and the data control system (DCS).
With this project, Boccard Plant Solutions, thanks to its Green Power Business unit, is fully committed to supporting the energy transition. "We are continuing to develop turnkey renewable energy projects combined with energy efficiency solutions," said Fabien Sanchez, Green Power Market Manager.
A significant local impact
The Cacao power plant will be continuously operating from the combustion of wood waste locally sourced from forestry operations managed by the National Forestry Office (ONF), but also from neighboring, sawmills. Thanks to this use of wood currently left to rot or burnt in the forest, and as a substitute to the conventional diesel installations, the project has a positive carbon footprint: 28.500 tons of CO2 eq avoided each year.
The power plant will contribute to the creation of up to 105 direct and indirect jobs during the construction phase. The project also enables to consolidate the activity of local suppliers in the forestry sector, which today employ about 40 people.
This project contributes directly to the achievement of French Guiana's multiannual energy planning (PPE) objectives, which it would be one of the first two achievements.