LATIN AMERICA’S LARGEST BIOMASS TPP

Published: March 4, 2015

Campo Grande - 3D view of future installation

 

Leading a new way in renewables in Brazil, Bolt Energias’ 150 MW Campo Grande BioEletricidade biomass project is unique in size and model. As Owner’s Engineer, LEME Engenharia, the Brazilian subsidiary of Tractebel Engineering, brings strong technical expertise to the pioneering Thermal Power Plant (TPP) development.

A STEP FORWARD IN BRAZILIAN BIOMASS

At 150 MW the Campo Grande BioEletricidade TPP will be the largest biomass-fired TPP in Latin America of its kind. Read more

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROJECT SUCCESS

LEME Engenharia’s Owner’s Engineer role is the second contract with Bolt Energias – forming a complementary partnership of vision and strengths towards the successful development of Campo Grande BioEletricidade TPP. Read more

 


“Today, bigger players from the energy sector are entering the market with a more evolved view of the potential for biomass than before – and an understanding that experience and quality engineering has an aggregate value in achieving its success.”

Gabriel Souza – Renewable Energy Business Unit Manager LEME Engenharia


Eucalyptus trees ©Fábio Pozzebom/ABr

 

A STEP FORWARD IN BRAZILIAN BIOMASS

 

The Campo Grande biomass TPP concession was claimed by Brazilian power generating and trading company Bolt Energias (part of the global Ático Fund and Asset Management Group), following Brazil’s A-5 energy auction in 2013.

The project will create approximately 700 jobs and is expected to be inaugurated in the second semester of 2017 – ahead of the auction-specified 5-year delivery date. This is a challenging deadline, particularly for a biomass project of this size and importance in Brazil:

A LANDMARK PROJECT ON MANY FRONTS

  • Located in São Desidério, in the north-eastern Bahia state of Brazil, the new biomass project will be important to the region’s economic and social development.
  • Campo Grande BioEletricidade TPP breaks new ground both in concept and in that it will be the largest biomass-fired TPP in Latin America of its kind.
  • Burning eucalyptus wood supplied from a purpose-planted and dedicated 35,000 hectare (+/- 40 million trees) plantation – it is the first TPP of this business model to be sold by energy auction in Brazil.
  • Proof of the project’s success could encourage other investors to follow suit – potentially strengthening Brazil’s renewable energy matrix.

PROJECT SCALE

  • Total installed capacity of 150 MW
  • 3 grate boilers of 225 t/hr
  • 3 steam turbines of 50 MW
  • A maintained and logged eucalyptus plantation of 35.000 hectares (managed by TREE FLORESTAL – also an Ático Group subsidiary assuring supply security)
  • Wood handling facilities – chip processing and storage – accommodating several timber truck deliveries each hour.


Campo Grande - 3D view of the future installation

 

SHARED RESPONSIBILITY FOR PROJECT SUCCESS…

 

LEME Engenharia has assisted the Ático Group as technical advisors since 2009 – performing several due diligence and feasibility studies on potential projects in the region (such services have particular value ahead of highly competitive energy auctions which are an integral part of Brazil’s energy and procurement policy).

TENDER MANAGEMENT
This support then extended to Bolt Energias on the (SPC) Campo Grande BioEletricidade project – the biggest currently in the company’s pipeline, both as its first greenfield and first biomass project and one providing the company with high visibility on the Brazilian energy market. LEME Engenharia’s first contract covered the development phase from the decision to acquire the project, to the tendering phase; helping to identify and sign an EPC contractor (including technical specification review and technical and commercial negotiations support).

A STRONG EPC PLAYER
In September 2014, Areva Renewables Brazil signed the EPC contract. Preparation work covered the consolidation of the conceptual design, Quality, Health & Safety plans and time schedule. Following notice-to-proceed (December 2014), the goal is to deliver the project, commissioned, tested and grid-connected in 30 months in the second semester of 2017.

A DEFINED OE ROLE
Given the tight project schedule, the LEME Engenharia team, comprising 18 engineers experienced in TPP projects (management, civil, mechanical, electrical, I&C, quality, commissioning…), anticipate the need for highly reactive design review in the first year and close, proactive supervision and management of the multidisciplinary activities to follow.

THE FUEL CHALLENGE
A foreseen challenge is that during initial operation the TPP will need to supplement its (still growing) plantation fuel supplies with biomass bought on the market with potentially different characteristics. LEME Engenharia’s expertise will be useful to help monitor the handling and adjust burning processes as needed prior to start-up and first operational phases.

 

“We are essentially taking many years of Thermal power expertise and translating it into a biomass product – with the main focus being to assure a good interface between the plantation and PP for a long-term, streamlined operation.”
Ronaldo Garcia – Project Manager – Campo Grande TPP, LEME Engenharia

VALUED PARTNERS

Ricardo Junqueira ©Aline Massuca

CEO of Bolt Energias, Ricardo Junqueira, has stated that he considers that this partnership will add even greater security to this project which complies with the highest international standards.
“LEME Engenharia extends excellence to the construction of Campo Grande TPP due to its expertise in managing the development of large scale power plants”
Ricardo Junqueira, CEO Bolt Energias

RECORD REFERENCE

Between 2010 and 2012 Tractebel Engineering was Owner’s Engineer on Polaniec 205 MWe facility in Poland – the world’s largest 100% biomass plant inaugurated 2013.

In Brazil, LEME Engenharia has recently worked on 2 smaller 30 MW biomass TPPs for Tractebel Energia (GDF SUEZ) – one fuelled with sugarcane bagasse, the other utilising wood residuals.

More Information

Gabriel SouzaRenewable Energy Business Unit Manager, LEME Engenharia

Ronaldo GarciaProject Manager – Campo Grande TPP, LEME Engenharia

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