Albioma: French Court Confirms Authorisation to Operate Biomass Plant in Martinique
Paris - The Bordeaux Administrative Court of Appeal, in its judgment of 13 April 2017, decided to overturn the judgment of the Administrative Court of Fort-de-France of 4 October 2016, which had annulled the authorisation to operate the Galion 2 bagasse/biomass plant of Albioma.
The Galion 2 plant (installed capacity of 40 MW) will strengthen Martinique´s electricity network and contribute to meeting the island´s energy requirements. It is the first 100 percent biomass cogeneration plant in Martinique and will provide 15 percent of the island´s total electricity consumption. Based on a virtuous exchange with the Galion sugar refinery, the project aims to ensure the future of the refinery by making it more efficient.
Galion 2 is a project which has matured for 10 years with all the stakeholders, to increase Martinique´s share of renewable energy by 7 to 22 percent and thereby favour the island´s energy transition whilst respecting the most stringent environmental standards. The Galion 2 plant, financed by private investment, will help to increase employment in Martinique. Currently, 350 people are working on the site´s construction. Once the plant is in operation, it will create 34 direct jobs (including 32 in Martinique, in accordance with the Group´s commitments to promote local employment) and will generate more than 200 indirect jobs.
Source: IWR Online, 19 Apr 2017