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Biomasse Italia awards supply contract

Biomasse Italia, one of Europe's largest virgin biomass energy producers, has awarded a new supply contract with Active Energy Group (AEG), the pan-European supplier of woodchips for biomass power generation.

Biomasse Italia generates a total 500GWh of renewable energy through its two power stations in Crotone and Strongoli, which use approximately 700,000 tonnes of biomass a year.

The company has invested heavily in upgrading its power plants and infrastructure in recent years. AEG was awarded the contract following these improvements and is now one of Biomasse Italia's primary suppliers of biomass feedstock.

Under the contract, AEG will ship a minimum of 240,000 tonnes of biomass from its Black Sea deepwater port operations over a two year period, commencing at the beginning of next year.

'The energy industry is experiencing great pressure, across Europe, with tightening supply of woodchip and forestry products in general, particularly within the EU,' says Richard Spinks, CEO of AEG. 'We are ideally positioned to exploit this opportunity.'