Vattenfal Unit to Delay Gasification at a Netherlands Power Plant

10 April 2011 (Last Updated April 10th, 2011 18:30)

Vattenfal Group unit, Nuon, will delay plans for the gasification of biomass and coal at its new gas-fired power plant at Eemshaven, the Netherlands. The firm has now agreed not to bring the gasification part of the power plant on stream before 2020, as a result of legal objections to t

Vattenfal Group unit, Nuon, will delay plans for the gasification of biomass and coal at its new gas-fired power plant at Eemshaven, the Netherlands.

The firm has now agreed not to bring the gasification part of the power plant on stream before 2020, as a result of legal objections to the plant by environmental organisations.

Once the gasification unit is ready, emissions will not exceed 360g/kWh, as per the terms of an agreement signed by Nuon and the environmental parties.

Nuon has also cited commercial reasons for the delay, including the trend in raw material prices, which play a role in the decision not to make an investment in gasification technology in the short-term.

The construction of the Nuon Magnum gas-fired power station is progressing well and is set to be ready at the end of 2012, according to the firm.