The Project involves the development, construction, and operation of a 31.5 MW name plate capacity co-generation power plant by Belize Co-generation Energy Limited. The 27.5 MW biomass facility will burn sugar cane fibre (bagasse) as its primary fuel during both the in-crop period (December – July) and the out-of-crop period (August – November) and will be supplemented with two diesel engines (4 MW) using No.6 fuel. Belcogen will generate baseload electricity of 13.5MW to supply the national grid (Belize Electricity Limited, the privately owned electrical utility in Belize) under a signed PPA, and to supply Belize Sugar Industries (BSI) with its electrical power (9MW) and steam requirements, under an Energy and Steam Purchase Agreement (ESPA). The plant will be located adjacent to the Belize Sugar Industries Limited (BSI) sugar factory in Tower Hill, Orange Walk district, Belize.
The project will generate new jobs in Belize, will bring modern technology, currently not utilised in the country, and will substitute energy currently being imported from Mexico and produced by diesel generation in Belize. As part of the financial plan, the IIC will provide long term financing, together with other financial institutions.