The Chinese often say that when it rains at the opening of projects, this means that good events will occur in the future…
This April 27th, even under the atypical weather in Cuba, the assurance that it is possible to realize in time the joint project of the largest bioelectric plant in the Greater Antilles was ratified by the ambassadors in Cuba of the People’s Republic of China and the United Kingdom of Great Britain.
A moment before the first symbolic stone was laid in Ciro Redondo, Ciego de Avila province, Chen Xi, China’s ambassador, emphasized the friendship between his country and Cuba and said that, as two friendly peoples, the Asian giant is also committed to the development of the largest island in the West Indies, and called for the greatest efforts to complete the investment, scheduled for the 2019-2020 sugar harvest.
For his part, Mr Antony Stokes described the project as ‘an important step in the relations of the United Kingdom and Cuba, specifically in the field of renewable energy’.
Engineer Francisco Lleó Martín, general director of Zerus S.A, Azcuba group, meant that the plant will have economic, social and environmental impact; for its generation capacity – 60 megawatts – is the largest under construction in Cuba with foreign investment and is part of the change in the country’s energy matrix, which today exhibits only 4% of renewable energy.He argued that the purpose is to raise that figure to 24% by 2030, when the sugarcane biomass generation will represent 14%.
The new investment, involving Biopower SA, a joint venture between Zerus SA, a subsidiary of Azcuba, and Havana Energy, will cost more than $ 186 million and will bring improvements to the Ciro Redondo plant, which will allow for greater stability and quality in the supply of steam and electricity, while supplying all the bagasse produced by the sugar mill and the marabu in the surrounding fields.
Bárbara Hernández Martínez, Director of Electricity Generation of Azcuba, and head of the Government Group of Renewable Sources of Energy, said that the project is part of the program of construction, assembly and start-up in several Cuban provinces of 22 bioelectrics that together will contribute 755 megawatts.