The Nueva Aldea Biomass Power Plant Phase 1 project activity consists in the construction of a 30 MW biomass power plant in the Nueva Aldea Forestry Complex, located in Chile’s VIII Region. The project uses biomass residues (sawdust and bark) from nearby third party sawmills as a renewable fuel source to cogenerate heat and power. Approximately half of the generated power is used on-site, while the remaining half is injected to the local grid. The project was implemented by Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A., a leading forestry company headquartered in Chile, South America.
The Nueva Aldea Phase 1 project activity assists Chile’s sustainable development by fostering the implementation of distributed power generation. By using biomass residues, the Nueva Aldea Phase 1 project activity creates additional labor opportunities and prevents the uncontrolled burning or natural decay of the residues. This prevents water contamination and decreases the risk of forest fires in the region, which has historically suffered from high levels of particulate material pollution.
The Nueva Aldea Phase 1 CDM project activity is a good example of how forestry companies can successfully implement renewable, clean and more efficient technologies, while at the same time, incorporating effective and scalable policies to combat climate change in their long-term development strategy.