Selected through bidding process, Areva and its partner Leroux & Lotz will be responsible for delivering all the equipment and services for the plant, which is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2015.

The plant, which uses wood chips as fuel, will have a capacity to generate around 15MW of electrical power and 50 MW of thermal power, and will help curb 40,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Areva’s Renewable Energies Business Group senior executive vice-president Louis-Francois Durret said that neoen has selected Areva for its performance in safety and on-time delivery.

"This success enables AREVA to create more new jobs in France and consolidate its position as a worldwide leader in the bioenergy sector," added Durret.