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GDF Suez starts 180-MW biomass power plant

Oct. 5, 2011 – GDF Suez and its subsidiary Electrabel have unveiled the Rodenhuize 100% biomass power station in Belgium.


October 5, 2011
By GDF Suez

Oct. 5, 2011 – GDF
Suez and its subsidiary Electrabel have unveiled the Rodenhuize 100% biomass
power station in Belgium. A €125 million investment has allowed the
transformation of a coal-fired unit at the Rodenhuize power station into a 100%
biomass unit. The power plant is the largest conversion of its kind.

The new unit has an output of 180 MW and generates a volume of electricity
every year that is equivalent to the annual consumption of 320,000
families. In the new unit, coal has been fully replaced by wood pellets
that are certified by an independent body to be of sustainable origin.
One-third of the supply of wood pellets for the new Rodenhuize unit is sent by
ship from the Pacific BioEnergy production facility in British Columbia to the
port of Ghent. Pacific BioEnergy and Electrabel have a long-term contract for
225,000 tonnes/year of biomass.

The Rodenhuize plant is owned by Electrabel (73%) and Ackermans & van
Haaren (27%).

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