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Abstract

The aim of the bagasse (sugar cane residue) plant project is to demonstrate that it is possible to use a renewable source of energy to make up the energy shortfall of the Island of Reunion over the next few years. In fact, Reunion produces 2 400 000 tonnes of sugar cane a year, which provides 700 000 of bagasse, equivalent to 140 000 tonnes of oil. The Beaufonds power plant has an output of 24.65 MW and can supply the Electricite de France grid with 37 million kWh each year during the sugar season, which is precisely when hydroelectric energy is in short supply and additional power has to be generated by diesel fired plant. The Commission of the European Communities has provided FF 13 250 000 of the total investment cost of FF 68 686 000 as part of its alternative energy demonstration programme. However, FF 3 975 000 of this contribution have been repaid under the technical and economic success clause. In view of the success of this project + the largest of its kind in the world + the industrial grouping of Fives- Cail, Babcock, Creusot-Loire and Jeumont-Schneider has been asked to undertake another similar project on the Island of Mauritius. Consideration is also being given to the construction of three more plants of the same size on Reunion.

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Authors: SOCIETE D'EQUIPEMENT ENERGETIQUE DE L'EST SOCIETE D'EQUIPEMENT ENERGETIQUE DE L'EST, SAINTE SUZANNE - LA REUNION, SOCIETE D'EQUIPEMENT ENERGETIQUE DE L'EST, SAINTE SUZANNE - LA REUNION
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 10390 EN/FR (1986) MF, 175 P., BFR 300, BLOW-UP COPY BFR 875, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG, POB 1003
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