The agreement became possible after Eneco was given the go-ahead to retrofit its biomass facility – Bio Golden Raand in Delfzijl – to produce steam in addition to electricity. AkzoNobel will now purchase sustainably generated steam for the next 12 years, as well as investing in new infrastructure at the Delfzijl Chemical Park.
In addition, the company will supply steam to neighboring customers, with Groningen Seaports providing the necessary infrastructure, such as a steam distribution pipeline that will also be accessible to other interested parties.
“Together we are taking a big step forward in making the chemical sector more sustainable,” said Knut Schwalenberg, Managing Director of AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals, who is responsible for the company's Delfzijl activities. “Competitively priced renewable steam can play an important role in future-proofing the chemical sector. It will also mean a significant reduction in our CO2 footprint, which is a key element of our Planet Possible sustainability strategy of doing more with less.”
By reducing its dependence on fossil fuels in favor of using sustainably generated steam, AkzoNobel expects to cut CO2 emissions by an amount equivalent to what is produced each year by 12,500 households.
Said Hugo Buis, Head of Eneco Bio, Solar, Hydro: “We are taking a big leap in terms of sustainability. By taking the same amount of biomass, which amounts to around 300,000 tons of wood chips made from reclaimed wood, we will be able to produce double the amount of renewable energy.”
He added that the decision to retrofit the facility was the result of a constructive cooperation between the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, AkzoNobel and Groningen Seaports.
The supply of sustainably generated steam will begin in December 2016.
Messer plans further growth in Western Europe with new industrial gases plant in Spain
Messer, announced the construction of a new production plant for gases at its Spanish location in Vila-seca. It will be located in the south of the Tarragona Chemical Complex and will have a capac...
Loop and Suez to build first infinite Loop™ facility producing 100% recycled and infinitely recyclable plastic in europe
Loop and Suez announce plans to build the first Infinite Loop™ recycling facility in Europe. Based on enhanced recycling, the partnership will combine the resource management expertise of SUEZ and ...
Investment in nickel expansion at Boliden Harjavalta
Boliden invests EUR 40 m in an expansion of its nickel operations at Boliden Harjavalta. The investment will mainly be implemented in 2021.
Repsol invests in its plant in Tarragona, Spain to expand its polymer range
The industrial complex in Tarragona will adapt one of its units to manufacture these advanced materials. The project has a budget of approximately 32 million euros, earmarked for new investments an...