Valdivia uses biomass residues to generate 61 MW of electric power. This project activity assists Chile’s sustainable development by fostering the implementation of distributed power generation, creating additional labor opportunities, and preventing water contamination and forest fires in the region.
The Valdivia Biomass Power Plant project activity consists in the construction of a new pulp mill with a 61 MW surplus electric power generation capacity to the grid in the XIV Region of Chile. The project uses biomass residues (sawdust and bark) from third party sawmills and black liquor from the pulping process as renewable fuel sources to cogenerate heat and power. The project activity was implemented by Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A., a leading forestry company headquartered in Chile, South America.
The Valdivia project activity assists Chile’s sustainable development by fostering the implementation of distributed power generation. By using biomass residues, the Valdivia project activity creates additional labor opportunities and prevents the uncontrolled burning or natural decay of the residues. This prevents water contamination and decreases the risk of forest fires in the region, which has historically suffered from high levels of particulate material pollution.
The Valdivia CDM project activity is a good example of how forestry companies can successfully implement renewable, clean and more efficient technologies, while at the same time, incorporating effective and scalable policies to combat Climate Change in their long-term development strategy.
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