Veolia joins Bee´s Ghent 215 MW power plant project

Frensh Veolia joins Belgian Eco Energy Bee´s Ghent 215 MW power plant project

Belgian Eco Energy (Bee) is investing 400 million Euro and will begin construction on a 215 MW commercial biomass power plant in Ghent, Belgium. Raw material will be biomass such as wood chips and agro-residues.  Funding for this project is being finalized, and the company plans to start work  in the first quarter 2016. Total investment: 400 million. Abengoa is developing the project and Veolia will be the operator and partner.

Last November, Bee selected Abengoa to develop the project. According to Abengoa, the facility will use circulated fluidized bed technology to turn the biomass into high-pressure steam, which will pass through a steam turbine to produce electricity. Abengoa said that 100 MW of thermal energy from the plant will be distributed to supply heating to industries and households in the city of Ghent.

The French company Veolia, active in the management of water, waste and energy, now joins BEE in the project and will handle the operation of the plant for the first 15 years.

“If we want to project to replace nuclear power in Belgium by 2025, this is the time to put it,” says Patrick Labat, Director of the Northern Europe region at Veolia.

“If we want to project to replace nuclear power in Belgium by 2025, this is the time to put it,” suggests Patrick Labat, Director of the Northern Europe region at Veolia.

The Walloon and Flemish regions, which have jurisdiction over renewable, have decided to subsidize the installation of a biomass plant.

“The Bee company has won the call for projects and will, in the port of Ghent, build a biomass plant capable of producing 215 MW of electricity, making it the largest biomass plant in Europe,”  says proudly Michaël Corten Bee CEO .

“A first for us since we were not present hard such operations in Belgium,” says Patrick Labat.  Veolia will provide 36 employees to operate the site. The contract for Veolia will be “in the order of 150 million over 15 years.” ends Patrick Labat.

Bee supplies sustainable energy in Belgium to companies from its own production units and from a network of locally generated sustainable energy.

The Walloon and Flemish regions, which have jurisdiction over renewable, have decided to subsidize the installation of a biomass plant. The Bee company already won the call for projects.

We will in the port of Ghent, build the largest biomass plant in Europe, ends Michaël Corten

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