Madrid, Spain [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Telvent GIT S.A. signed two contracts, worth more than one million euros [US$1.3 million], to supply and install distributed control systems for Abengoa Bioenergy’s bioethanol facility under construction in Lacq, Southern France, and a biomass facility in Salamanca, Spain.“These new contracts are of strategic interest to Telvent as the biofuels sector is being given significant emphasis under European renewable energy development policies,” said Manuel Sanchez Ortega, Telvent’s chairman and CEO. “With this focus on biofuels, we expect many opportunities to arise for the supply of control systems in this market.” Telvent will provide its technology for the Lacq facility, which will have an annual bioethanol production capacity of 200,000 tons for direct blending with gasoline. The raw materials used will be corn and wine alcohol. It is the first corn-based facility in Europe and the first phase, for 40,000 tons, is scheduled to be operative in 2007, with the facility’s nominal capacity being reached in 2008. Telvent will also supply, install and commission a distributed control system for the biomass-based electric energy production plant of Biocarburantes Castilla y Leon, in Salamanca, in which both Abengoa Bioenergy and Ebro Puleva hold 50 percent stakes. For both projects, Telvent will supply a distributed control system based on Metso Automation’s Metso DNA technology. The system will receive more than 5,000 signals through a fiber optic communications network. All the system’s critical elements are duplicated to minimize the risk of failures.