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Guatemala's Santa Ana inaugurates 62-MW biomass unit

(SeeNews) - Oct 27, 2014 - Guatemalan sugarcane mill Grupo Santa Ana officially opened a biomass plant of 62 MW in Escuintla department on Friday after an investment of USD 75 million (EUR 59.1m), increasing its installed power capacity.

The new power unit will be operating on bagasse in harvest time and coal in the rest of the year, with a sufficient capacity to supply 138,000 homes in the country, the government said.

Santa Ana produces sugarcane, sugar, electricity and byproducts such as bagasse and molasses. Before the new unit, it was already able to generate 40 MW, including 32 MW for the national grid.

In 2014, power generation of local sugar refineries will reach up to 540 MW, enough for 1.3 million Guatemalan homes, Andres Botran, chairman of Santa Ana, forecast.

(USD 1 = EUR 0.789)

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