Biogas company EnviTec Biogas of Lohne, Germany, has signed a contract, which will see it expand internationally into the Spanish market.
The contract, which was signed in February 2011, will see EnviTec build three biogas plants in Spain.
EnviTec has established a wholly owned subsidiary in Bilbao, Spain, which will serve the company's customers in Spain, Portugal and Latin America. The first Spanish customer is Desarollos Industriales Alternativos Daldur, which specialises in renewable energies.
Daldur and EnviTec signed a contract for the construction of three biogas plants, each with a 500kW electrical output, in the region of Castilla y León. Liquid manure, energy crops and grape marc will be the primary feedstocks powering the biogas facilities. Other biogenous residues may be used as well, as the Spanish law grants biogas plant operators relatively high flexibility.
The plants will be constructed this year in Villanubla and Medina del Campo – both in the province of Valladolid – and in La Baneza – Leon province, and may entail further orders from Daldus.
'We are very pleased, as Daldur is the ideal partner for the expansion of our activities in Spain, and we are already negotiating further projects,' says Roel Slotman, CCO of EnviTec Biogas.
The Spanish government estimates that renewable energy will account for approximately 22.7% of Spain's energy consumption by the year 2020. Spain would thus exceed the 2020 EU climate target agreed in 2010, which provides for a share of 20% of final energy consumption.
'The expansion of energy production from biogas makes an important contribution to Spain's exemplary climate policy,' Slotman explains. 'We are happy that we can participate from the very beginning by building on our comprehensive and long-standing experience in the construction of biogas plants.'