The Le Moule biomass-fuelled thermal power plant is Albioma's longest-established thermal plant in Guadeloupe, supplying 31% of the electricity available via the network and making use of locally-sourced and renewable resources.
The Le Moule cogeneration plant is one of Albioma’s long-established plants. It was commissioned in 1998 and has an installed capacity of 102 MW. As well as contributing to Guadeloupe’s energy independence, the plant’s activity – based partly on recovering bagasse – supports the local sugar cane industry.
Biomass and energy production
During sugar harvests, the Le Moule plant uses bagasse (a fibrous residue of sugar cane) to produce renewable electricity and low-pressure steam. Aiding the circular economy, part of the energy produced is supplied to the adjacent Gardel sugar refinery, which operates using nearly 1,000 hectares of sugar cane in Guadeloupe. In 2017, the Le Moule plant exported 549 GWh of electricity to the grid, representing 31% of the island’s total production.
Working towards an all-biomass model
Between 2018 and 2023, Unit 3 at the Le Moule power plant will be converted to use biomass. Discontinuing fuelling with coal will cut carbon dioxide emissions by 87%, while increasing the share of renewable energy in Guadeloupe’s energy mix to approximately 35% (compared with 20.5% in 2017). This project also addresses the green growth objectives set for Guadeloupe in France’s recent energy transition legislation.