French technology company Areva is to develop a new 33 MW sugar cane bagasse-fuelled power plant at the Andrade ethanol plant, owned by the Guarani group, in Pitangueiras, São Paulo.

Construction work has already begun and commissioning is scheduled for April 2010 for Tractebel Energia S.A, Brazil’s largest private power generator.
Areva, via its unit Areva Koblitz, has been awarded the contract, worth over €33 million.

‘Areva Koblitz built Tractebel Energia’s first renewable energies plant – the 28 MW Lages bioenergy co-generation plant in Santa Catarina – and has supported Tractebel in developing its business,’ explained Luiz Otávio Koblitz, CEO.