Southeast Renewable Energy sells S.C. biomass plants

By Anna Simet | May 24, 2012

Southeast Renewable Energy LLC has sold two biomass power projects under development in South Carolina to EDF Energies Nouvelles Company enXco.

Plans for the 17.8 MW plants were announced in 2010. Located in Dorchester and Allendale counties, together they have been dubbed the Pinelands Biomass Project. Both are currently under construction and are expected to be fully operational by the end of 2013, according to enXco. 

The facilities will be powered by waste wood, and the Dorchester facility has an agreement with the county to utilize virgin wood residue, such as tree limbs from right-of-way clearings, for a portion of the plant’s biomass fuel source.

Electricity generated will be sold to power utility Santee Cooper under 30-year power purchase agreements, which were signed in the fall of 2010.

The plants use stoker boilers supplied by Factory Sales Engineering and a steam turbine generator supplied by General Electric. Bibb Engineers is the engineer and Summit Industrial Construction is the general contractor.

EnXco is not new to the renewable energy arena, as it has multiple solar, wind and biogas projects operating throughout North America.