New coal-run power station in Antwerp?

30th November 2007, Comments 1 comment

30 November 2007, BRUSSELS - The German energy consortium E.ON has plans to build a large power station that will run on coal. The power station would be built in the Port of Antwerp.

30 November 2007

BRUSSELS - The German energy consortium E.ON has plans to build a large power station that will run on coal. The power station would be built in the Port of Antwerp.

If built, the power station will use 2 million tons of coal per year. The installation will cost EUR 1.5 billion and should be operational in 8 years.

The power station is reportedly necessary to provide Belgium with enough energy to fulfil its electricity demand. It would provide close to 10% of Belgian electricity needs.

Electricity from coal generates high carbon dioxide emissions. According to E.ON however, due to state of the art technology the CO2 emissions would remain within the restrictions.

Environmental organisations criticise the idea. They think that a coal-run power station would jeopardise Belgium's climate policy. They are in favour of more investments in renewable energy.

The requests for the permits to build the new power station have been submitted with the authorities.

Wind in the sails of Belgian wind energy
The Flemish wind energy company Electrawinds has plans to buy its French counterpart ADEOL from the Dutch company WEOM.

This will increase Electrawinds' capacity in France considerably.

ADEOL was established in 2002 and runs 4 wind turbine parks in Bretagne. Together they produce 35 megawatts of energy.

ADEOL has licenses for new projects as well for a total capacity of 149 megawatt.

Electrawinds is the largest Belgian wind energy company with a total capacity of 271 megawatt.

[Copyright Flanders news 2007]

Subject: Belgian news

1 Comment To This Article

  • coalportal posted:

    on 17th November 2011, 13:08:27 - Reply

    The investment into alternative power generating technologies such as nuclear energy may need to be measured against the potential cost when things turn against you as unfortunately happened this year in Japan. Coal prices and coal statistics show developing economies are more likely to increase their investment into