RWE’s Eemshaven receives environmental permits
September 10, 2015
By Argus Media
September 10, 2015 — The Dutch Council of State has granted German utility RWE's 1.6GW Eemshaven coal-fired power plant the environmental licences that it needs to continue operations.
Environmental groups had opposed the construction of the facility on the Wadden Sea coast, owing to the effects of mercury and nitrogen emissions on a number of islands in the North Sea. The council’s decision brings a seven-year debate to an end.
“The Eemshaven plant uses the latest technologies and is much cleaner than other coal-fired complexes in the Netherlands,” stated RWE Dutch subsidiary Essent.
RWE commissioned the 777MW Eemshaven A and B coal-fired units on May 1 and July 1, respectively. The firm has applied, and obtained permits, to co-fire biomass at the site.
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