Spanish energy company Iberdrola has acquired the rights for the promotion of a biomass plant in Archidona, with a power of 15MW, from the German company Inergetic.

The plant, which will cost E34.7 million, will generate 117 million kilowatt hours annually. The fuel used will be composed of forestry waste, wood and olive and garden prunings, which will be supplied by agricultural installations of the area.

An undertaking to supply 40% of the necessary quantity has been signed with the company Union Biomasa. The total quantity needed amounts to 102,000 tons a year.

Iberdrola is also planning another forestry biomass plant in Corduente (Guadalajara), near the area affected by a forest fire last year in the province. The plants add to the group’s renewable energy portfolio, which includes the recently acquired French wind power company, Perfect Wind, and a wave power project with French oil group Total.