Areva to build 9.9 MW biomass plant in Thailand

By Anna Austin | March 16, 2012

Areva’s Bioenergy Business Unit and its local partner Ensys have been awarded a contract by Thai independent power producer U-Thong Bio Power to construct a 9.9 MW biomass power plant in Supanburi Province in northwest Thailand.

The plant will be fuelled by rice husks and bagasse, and should generate enough electricity to power 6,000 to 8,000 households. The total value of the project is $17 million, and it is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.

Areva Bioenergy CEO Xavier Hurbin said the deal strengthens the company’s reference position in the fast-growing Southeast Asia market, and confirms Areva’s competitiveness in a challenging market.

U-Thong Bio Power already operates a 10 MW biomass power plant in Thailand, and Areva has more than 100 bioenergy power plants in operation or under construction in Europe, North America, Latin America and South East Asia. The company has expanded into the Americas under its subsidiaries Areva Renewable Inc. and Adage in the U.S., and Areva Koblitz in Brazil.