GE to build 215MW biomass power plant in Belgium

25 February 2016 (Last Updated February 25th, 2016 18:30)

GE has been chosen by Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) to build a 215MW biomass-fired power plant in Ghent, Belgium.

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GE has been chosen by Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) to build a 215MW biomass-fired power plant in Ghent, Belgium.

The proposed biomass power plant will see an investment of approximately $358m.

GE Steam Power Systems will take responsibility to provide overall design, engineering and construction of the greenfield plant, which is said to become the largest of its type in the world.

It will also integrate the in-house critical parts of the power block including the circulating fluidised bed boiler, steam turbine, generator and air quality control systems.

Belgian Eco Energy CEO Michael Corten said: "We are pleased to work with GE on this project and with their approach to focus on optimising the technical solution for this plant.

"GE's technology will help us reach the highest net efficiency, and reduce operational costs."

"We are pleased to work with GE on this project and with their approach to focus on optimising the technical solution for this plant."

The power plant will use wood chips and agro residues as fuel to generate clean energy for the industry and nearby households.

Using circulated fluidised bed technology, biomass is converted into high pressure steam, which subsequently passes through a steam turbine to produce electricity.

The facility is expected to contribute to the country's efforts to reduce 20% in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 compared with 1990 levels, as set by the European Union.

Expected to become operational in 2019, the plant would create up to 1,100 jobs during the construction phase.


Image: Illustration of the proposed biomass-fired power plant in Belgium. Photo: courtesy of General Electric.