VIASPACE Press Release
VIASPACE Announces Signing of Engineering, Procurement and Construction Supervision Agreement for 12 MW Giant King Grass Power Plant in Nicaragua
April 14, 2015 - Walnut, California - VIASPACE Inc. (OTC: VSPC) announced that Energia Reino Verde has signed an agreement for the Engineering Procurement and Construction Supervision of the 12 MW biomass power plant that will be co-located with the 834 hectare (2,060 acre) Giant King® Grass plantation project in Nicaragua. VIASPACE Inc. owns a 50% interest in Energia Reino Verde (Green Kingdom Energy in English), the special-purpose company that will own and operate the project. The other 50% is owned by investors and executives of AGRICORP - a large agribusiness company in Nicaragua.
The agreement was signed with a global Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company that will provide the power plant engineering and equipment, and guarantee the plant’s performance. The agreement provides technical specifications of all the power plant equipment, price, and power plant performance guarantees. The name of the company was not revealed. VIASPACE CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, who is also secretary of Energia Reino Verde (ERV), and AGRICORP CEO, Mr. Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas, who is also president of ERV, negotiated the 200+ page agreement during the last three months. The agreement was signed in Managua, Nicaragua on April 7, 2015.
“We are very pleased to have concluded this agreement for the power plant”, stated ERV president, Amilcar Ybarra-Rojas. “This is a crucial step in project completion. We interviewed several potential contractors, and visited biomass power plants that were under construction and others in operation. The company we selected is very qualified and comes with the highest recommendations from people we trust. Our Giant King Grass biomass power plant will be an important renewable and clean source of reliable base electricity for Nicaragua. It will complement the intermittent wind electricity, and the seasonal sugarcane bagasse electricity and hydroelectricity in our country. It will help reduce our reliance on electricity generated from oil.”
VIASPACE CEO, Dr. Carl Kukkonen, reported, “We received substantial assistance in the proposal evaluation and negotiations from the team at Pelican SA, which conducted the formal feasibility study for the project, and from experienced power plant operators in Nicaragua, and our attorneys. I want to thank them all. Our EPC contractor was extremely knowledgeable and professional in the negotiations, and we look forward to working with them on this and other VIASPACE projects. They have the technology and experience to rapidly build power plants that use Giant King Grass to produce renewable, low carbon, reliable electricity.”
VIASPACE Chairman, Dr. Kevin Schewe, commented, “Completing the EPC selection process, along with the detailed negotiations and signing the agreement has been a significant step forward to making the 12 MW VIASPACE Giant King Grass fueled power plant a reality. We have been very cost-conscious with the overall ERV project design and have conducted this process in a way that we can replicate it again in Nicaragua or elsewhere and create ‘economies of scale’ for future projects.”
Dr. Schewe concluded, “We have held meetings with several reputable, international financing entities who have expressed a strong interest in financing this project. We are moving forward to make this our showcase renewable biomass power plant project.”
About VIASPACE Inc.
VIASPACE grows renewable Giant King® Grass as a low-carbon fuel for clean electricity generation; for environmentally friendly energy pellets; and as a feedstock for bio-methane production and for green cellulosic biofuels, biochemicals and biomaterials. Giant King® Grass is a proprietary, high yield, dedicated biomass energy crop. Giant King® Grass when it is cut frequently at 4 to 5 feet tall is also excellent animal feed. The USDA granted approval for planting Giant King® Grass throughout the US and cooperates in exporting by performing the required inspections and issuing the phytosanitary certificate needed for import into foreign countries. Giant King® Grass is being grown in California, Hawaii, St. Croix Virgin Islands, Nicaragua, South Africa, China, Myanmar, Pakistan, Philippines and Guyana. For more information, please go to www.VIASPACE.com or contact Dr. Jan Vandersande, Director of Communications, at 800-517-8050 or IR@VIASPACE.com.
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