The 75 megawatt (MW) biomass power plant will use wood pellets and palm kernel shells (PKS) as fuel source. An annual power generation of about 530,000 MWh is expected, enough to meet the annual consumption of approximately 170,000 households.
Power generation fueled by biomass is considered as carbon neutral as it only releases carbon dioxide that was absorbed during the plant’s growth. Using biomass fuels as an alternative to fossil fuels enables power generation to reduce CO2 emissions globally and consequently to contribute to the prevention of global warming. As opposed to other renewables, biomass power generation can serve as a baseload electricity source, as it is controllable and is not affected by weather and/or atmospheric conditions.
Developed by Omaezakikou Biomass Energy G.K, the project will be carried out by a joint venture between Toyo Engineering Corporation and Nippon Steel Engineering Co., Ltd.
Construction is scheduled to commence in April of 2021, with commissioning planned for July 2023.