Small Ghent biomass power station operational in early 2022

Posted on 18 Feb 2020

“There is no longer any support for imported biomass. We will supply our wood waste with inland vessels from the area. It will not come from further than Amsterdam, ”said CEO Michael Corten of Belgian Eco Energy, who is then allowed to build a biomass power plant in Ghent.

Delay due to Turteltaks

If everything goes according to plan, the biomass power plant in Ghent will be started up in early 2022. It was a very bumpy course. The initial plans for the largest biomass power plant in the world, which was to come in Ghent, date from 2016. That installation was going to be good for no less than 200 megawatts of electricity. However, financing the green energy certificates would absorb 1.5 billion euros in Flemish subsidies. The then Flemish minister Annemie Turtelboom decided to create the 'Turteltaks' to finance these subsidies. At the time, the control verse surrounding this tax meant that the construction of the Ghent biomass power plant was canceled.

Shredded wood waste as fuel

However, the company Belgian Eco Energy, which was to build the biomass power plant, did not stop there. A possible option was to set up a smaller power plant. The CEO Michael Corten was able to avert bankruptcy and went looking for extra money. He found that with a British bank and infrastructure investor. The Flemish Energy Agency agrees in principle with the annual commitment of 11 million euros in green energy certificates. The new power plant will produce much less, namely 20 megawatts of electricity and 50 megawatts of heat. The plans to import plant waste from every corner of the world as fuel also received little support. As raw material, the choice was now made for shredded wood waste and this will be supplied by barge from the surrounding area. It sounds from no further than Amsterdam. Belgian Eco Energy also has plans to build a similar power plant in Lieze, in the province of Liège, but is also looking to expand to Germany and the United Kingdom.

Source: De Tijd

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