New sustainable power plant in Eemsmond

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Dutch company Heveskes Energy is investing 60 million euros in the construction of a sustainable power plant at an industrial estate in the northeastern town of Delfzijl. The plant is to process bio mass and waste material into synthetic gas which has the same applications as natural gas.

Construction of the plant will start early next year and is scheduled for completion in 2013. The sustainable power plant is to generate about 50 megawatts of energy, sufficient for about 20,000 households.

It will be the fourth power plant in the region. Power companies RWE/Essent and Nuon are each building a coal-fired power plant in Eemshaven and the Swedish company Advanced Power is soon to start work on a natural gas-fired power plant there. However, there is some doubt as to whether the two coal-fired plants will actually come on line.

Earlier this month one of the advocates general at the European Court of Justice wrote an opinion in which he stated that the Dutch environmental permits for the new coal-fired plants were issued in violation of European environmental laws. The advocate-general wrote that the Netherland currently exceeds European emission standards for nitrous dioxides and sulphuric dioxides. The new coal-fired plants would actually lead to an increase in these forms of air pollution.



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