Energy efficiency, reducing environmental impact and saving are three of the principles applied by EDF Fenice Ibérica in their work. The company is mainly engaged in the development of cogeneration and has now made the leap to Italy with the construction of the 12.5 MW cogeneration plant of Huntsman, a titanium dioxide production plant on Scarlino (Tuscany).
For EDF Fenice Ibérica, beyond the electricity reform, energy excellence remains profitable. The company’s communication department has explained to EnergyNews that “although the changes in the compensation system for cogeneration has done much harm, we are sure it can survive in Spain,” and added “it is true that many cogeneration plants in January shut down waiting for the Royal Decree that would determine the new remuneration parameters, since from the beginning it was announced that changes would have a retroactive effect. But now with calculations on the table, many plants have been re-launched. The vast majority of plants will stay on although not with the same margins they had before. ”
Cogeneration in Italy
Meanwhile, the Spanish subsidiary of EDF Fenice, after more than two years of work, celebrates the opening of the new cogeneration plant of 12.5 MW of the Huntsman U.S. corporation located at their titanium dioxide production plant of Scarlino (Tuscany – Italy). According to the said Communications Department, “it is our first cogeneration plant in the neighboring country.”
The plant fully designed, built and tested by the EDF Fenice Ibérica’s Spanish engineers will supply electricity and heat to the American multinational’s entire Italian plant.
The energy services agreement signed between the two partners provides that EDF Fenice Ibérica will take over for the next 15 years the management and maintenance of the energy equipment associated: gas turbine, heat recovery and auxiliary boilers, electrical substation, ERM and internal natural gas distribution pipe. This first EDF Fenice Ibérica’s major international success is backed by ten years of experience gained by the Spanish company in the high-efficiency cogeneration sector.
EUR 17 million investment
EDF Fenice’s investment, which represents about 17 million euro, will allow Huntsman save a million euro per year and reduce the CO2 emissions from its manufacturing facility by 30%.
In addition to energy optimization, Huntsman strengthens the plant’s productive efficiency by building a facilty for the recovery of waste generated during the titanium dioxide production process, which once transformed into ferrous sulfate, shall be used for the treatment of waste water, livestock feeding or the cement industry.
In the words of Scott Anderson, vice president of Huntsman Pigment “the new facilities will help improve the plant’s efficiency, productivity and profitability and reduce its environmental impact.”
Development in Spain
EDF Fenice Ibérica has over ten years presence in the Spanish market, and has made several alliances with renowned firms in the Spanish agribusiness sector: the poultry and livestock cooperative group Coren, the sausages brand El Pozo or DAMN beers. For all of them it has designed and managed their factories’ cogeneration plants.
Within its growth strategy in the field of efficiency and energy services in 2010 they incorporated POWER SUPPORT into the group, a company specializing in Operation and Maintenance of CHP plants and industrial energy facilities.