Italy’s Bedeschi has won a contract to at the Port of La Réunion as part of a major project to convert Albioma Group’s Bois Rouge thermal power plant to biomass burning.
The Albioma Group is an independent renewable energy producer engaged in the transition to biomass, photovoltaic and geothermal energy in Metropolitan France, Overseas French territories, Mauritius, Brazil and Turkey
Over the past 25 years, Albioma has developed a unique partnership with the sugar industry to burn bagasse, a fibrous residue from sugar cane for six months of the year, with coal used for the other six months. Albioma’s new project will see it convert its existing boilers from bagasse and coal to fully green energy combustion.
The Bois Rouge plant, which produces more than 20% of the island electrical power, will replace coal usage with imported biomass by the end of 2023, which will increase the renewable share of La Réunion’s total energy mix from 35% to 51%.
Bedeschi scope of supply involves Albioma’s installations at the Port of La Réunion, to allow it to unload and store imported wood pellets from vessels.
The turnkey project will see Bedeschi install two eco-hoppers, belt conveyors for transporting wood pellet to 45,000 m3 storage domes, with a flow capacity of 1,200 m3 per hour. The Italian firm will also supply underground conveyors systems with a capacity of 1,000 m3 per hour to load trucks.
“This project confirms not only Bedeschi’s long-term engagement in safeguarding the environment but also the high competence of its engineering team,” stated Bedeschi.
“Besides the turnkey systems and installation, Bedeschi will also guarantee continuous and prompt field assistance, maintenance and support for Albioma in the realisation of the project.”