Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Eneco and Groningen Seaports opened a facility which will supply steam from biomass to the chemical park at Delfzijl in the Netherlands — primarily for Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals site.
Delfzijl/The Netherlands — Eneco has converted its biomass plant into a combined heat and power (CHP) plant, which provides both electricity and steam from renewable biomass. The steam is transported via a pipeline constructed by Groningen Seaports.
The conversion has increased the efficiency of the Netherlands' largest biomass plant. According to Akzo Nobel, the same amount of biomass now produces twice as much renewable energy, adding that 10 % of the company's energy consumption in the Netherlands now comes from renewable sources, resulting in a reduction of 100,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year.
Minister Kamp said: "The North of the Netherlands is leading the way in the transition to sustainable energy. The Northern provinces and municipalities were the first to have a plan for implementing the Dutch Energy Agreement. The chemical park in Delfzijl is underlining these ambitions by switching to sustainably produced steam. By doing this, the parties involved are not only investing in energy reduction and lower CO2 emissions, they are also contributing to the regional economy by enabling the sustainable growth of the chemical cluster."
Around 10 % of total Dutch chemical production comes from Delfzijl and the industry is a major employer in the region. The three parties have jointly invested around € 40 million in the project. Eneco's biomass plant processes around 300,000 tons of timber each year scrapped from demolition projects and waste to produce sustainable electricity and steam. Eneco has entered into a 12-year contract with Akzo Nobel for the supply of bio-steam. The speciality chemicals company was already a significant consumer of electricity produced by the plant.
Groningen Seaports has built the required infrastructure to bring the steam to the chemical park, including the steam piping, which is also accessible to third parties. In addition, Akzo Nobel will invest in the required infrastructure at the chemical park, offering continuity in the provision of a vital utility for other chemical companies at the location.