GDF Suez opens Belgian biomass plant

GDF Suez has opened a converted biomass power station in Belgium. The ex-coal power plant will produce 180MW from 100% biomass. Sustainably sourced wood pellets will replace coal as the […]

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By Vicky Ellis

GDF Suez has opened a converted biomass power station in Belgium. The ex-coal power plant will produce 180MW from 100% biomass. Sustainably sourced wood pellets will replace coal as the fuel at the Rodenhuize station.

After the €125 million conversion, the plant, which is co-owned by GDF Suez subsidiary Electrabel and Ackermans & van Haaren, is expected to cut CO2 emissions by 1.2 million tonnes a year.

The French energy producer says that fuel switch is the largest conversion of its kind.

Sophie Dutordoir, General Manager of Electrabel said: “This achievement is a world first in terms of environmental performance. It is one of a kind for its scope, the technology used and its environmental features, and is a major contribution to the achievement of the goals set by the European Union.”

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