BUENOS AIRES – Construction began on Friday on a $60 million biomass-fueled power plant in the northeastern Argentine province of Corrientes.
The Insud and Benicio companies formed a joint venture, Fresa, to build and operate the 40MW facility in Gobernador Virasoro, whose output will flow into the national power grid, Insud employees told EFE.
The Fresa plant will sit in a expanse of 214,000 hectares (528,395 acres) planted with trees.
Fresa will generate electricity from woodchips, saw dust, pine and eucalyptus cuttings and biomass from dry wood – materials that currently have no industrial applications, according to the companies behind the project.
The Fresa venture will help transform Gobernador Virasoro into a pole of industrial development, Insud chief Hugo Sigman said at Friday’s groundbreaking.
Benicio’s president, Jose Cartellone, said that the plant would be “more than sustainable,” simultaneously maintaining environmental balance and improving the lives of residents.
Corrientes Gov. Horacio Ricardo Colombi said that his administration supports projects such as Fresa because they create jobs and spur economic development.