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New biomass plant planned for Connecticut

Science Applications International (SAI) and the Carlyle Energy Mezzanine Opportunities are to fund the construction of a new $225 million (€176 million) Plainfield Renewable Energy (PRE) biomass project.

The facility will produce 37.5MW, enough to power 37,000 homes in the Connecticut, US area. The feedstock used will include wood waste leftover from construction and demolition projects, recycled wood pallets and land clearing materials. The electricity will be produced through a gasification process.

During the building phase, about 300-400 jobs will be created and once the facility opens, in about two year’s time, 100 permanent positions will become available.

SAI will provide the engineering, procurement and construction for the project, which is owned by a

subsidiary of Enova Energy Group and located on a 27-acre site.

‘This project will bring more than $800,000 per year of tax revenues to the town, and increase the supply of electricity to the region,’ says the town of Plainfield first selectman Paul Sweet.