Biomass Energy: Investments Announced in Honduras

The sugar mill union could be investing $160 million in energy generation projects that use ethanol and in the construction of a biomass-based power plant.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Without giving further details, members of the sugar trade union reported that they are planning to build a biomass power generation plant in the short term, which could be the most modern one in Central America.

See "Central America: $1.2 billion in energy projects"

The manager of the Tres Valles sugar mill, Mateo Yibrín, explained to that the energy projects "... Represent more than 3 thousand jobs, more than 160 million dollars in investments and a saving in the outflow of foreign currency of $100 million on fuel imports."

He added that " ...The sugar industry is ready to invest and develop the industry of ethanol, fuel and national raw material to mix between 5 and 10 percent with the gasoline that is imported.

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