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Aggreko to convert coal power plant to 100% biomass

The conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 640,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year. (Image source: Adobe Stock)

Aggreko, a leading provider of mobile modular power, temperature control and energy services, has been selected by EDF La Réunion to provide 24MV diesel mobile power units to the Bois-Rouge power plant in Réunion Island, located in the Indian Ocean

The power solution will enable EDF La Réunion to convert the plant from coal to biomass without halting production. The Bois-Rouge cogeneration plant has an installed capacity of 108MW and conversion work from coal to biomass began in 2021. By the end of 2023, the plant is expected to be operating at 100% biomass.

The conversion will increase the proportion of renewables in the energy mix on Réunion Island from 35% to 51% and make it possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 640,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.

Serge Mevo, head of utilities Africa at Aggreko, commented, “This contract is a testament to our expert team’s ability to meet the needs of a quick installation deadline and demonstrates the capabilities of our advanced power solutions. This project excites us, and is an important one to our team, as here we are able to support our client in navigating the energy transition, whilst keeping the lights on.”

Brano Kollar, senior general manager, Africa, added, “We’re looking forward to support EDF La Réunion and provide reliable services for their operations. Aggreko is a truly global company, operating across 80 countries and it’s important to us that we leave a lasting positive impact on the communities in the areas in which we work. This contract is just another example demonstrating our capabilities and how we are helping utilities as a reliable power partner. Thank you, EDF, for entrusting Aggreko for this project.”

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