French firm Areva subsidiary Areva Renewables Brazil has awarded a contract to Yokogawa America do Sul, a unit of Yokogawa Electric, to provide control system for the 150MW biomass power plant being developed in Brazil.

Under the contract, Yokogawa will be responsible for engineering, and for providing installation support and commissioning for the Centum VP integrated production control system, ProSafe-RS safety instrumentation system for the project.

Scheduled to be commissioned in mid-2017, the biomass plant will feature three power units which are fueled by eucalyptus.

Being developed by Bolt Energias in Sao Désiderio, Bahia state, in the northeastern part of the country, the biomass power plant is expected to be the largest facility of its type in Brazil upon completion.

Yokogawa America do Sul pPresident and CEO Yasuharu Shoda said: "Yokogawa has a solid track record in Brazil, having installed more than 500 of its control systems at a wide variety of industrial facilities.

"Yokogawa’s solutions help our customers operate their facilities safely and with a high degree of efficiency.

"Encouraged by this order, Yokogawa will continue to focus on the electric power and renewable energy fields in Brazil and other countries in South America, and will help to provide a stable energy supply."