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Asea One builds first biomass power plant

Asea One Power Corporation, a Philippines-based biomass project developer, has shortlisted the final four companies, one of which will be selected for the turnkey contract of its first power plant.

The chosen engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor will be informed by 15 July 2010 before the 12MW plant in Aklan, Philippines, begins construction.

‘We are still in the process of selecting our EPC contractor,’ Asea One’s VP and CEO Ernesto V. Tan said. ‘We have shortlisted four companies, one European firm and three Chinese (firms).’

Following the construction of Asea One’s $30 million (€24.4 million) pilot facility, due to reach completion by 2012, the company is planning to build a further two 30MW biomass plants, one in the city of Iloilo and the second in Negros Occidental.

While the company’s three-year arrangement involves building three facilities for the generation of 72MW, the long-term plan is to expand its production capacity to 252MW from 800,000 tonnes of biomass, including rice husks and rice straw.