The opening of the largest greenfield, 100 percent biomass-fired power plant in the world has come a step closer with the confirmation that GE has secured the contract for its construction. Planned for Ghent in Belgium, the US company said Mechelen-based Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) chose GE Steam Power Systems to provide the overall design, engineering and construction of the project. The supercritical plant, which will be powered by wood chips and agro residues, will generate approximately 215 megawatts (MW) of cleaner energy, reaching over 60 percent efficiency when operating in cogeneration mode. Compared with a coal-fired power plant, this 100% biomass project will avoid CO2emissions equivalent to heating the homes of Ghents 240,000 residents. The electricity generated will be sold to industrial concerns and fed into the national grid.
The future power plant owned by the electricity and gas company Belgian Eco Energy (Bee)besides generating clean electricity, the plant will also be fitted with a district heating system of approximately 110 MW thermal energy to supply heating to industries and households in the city of Ghent, Belgium.
The biomass power plant will see an investment of approximately $358m. GE Steam Power Systems will provide the overall design, engineering and construction of the plant and the integration of the in-house critical parts of the power block including the circulating fluidized bed boiler, steam turbine, generator and air quality control systems.
We are pleased to work with GE on this project and with their approach to focus on optimizing the technical solution for this plant outcome of the plant, said Michael Corten (@)CEO, Belgian Eco Energy. GEs technology will help us reach the highest net efficiency, reduce operational costs.
By leveraging technologies across different GE businessesthe GE Storewe are well positioned to provide complete, customized solutions to best meet our customers needs, said Steve Bolze, president and CEO, GE Power ( @). The project in Ghent demonstrates GEs capabilities to deliver a broad range of steam power technologies to help our customers deliver reliable power across a variety of fuels including biomass, coal and nuclear-based technologies.
Expected to become fully operational in 2019, the plant would create up to 1,100 jobs during the construction phase.
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