US conglomerate General Electric Co (NYSE:GE) announced it had been selected to build the world’s largest biomass-fired power plant in Belgium.
Last Thursday, the US company said Mechelen-based Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) chose GE Steam Power Systems to provide the overall design, engineering and construction of a greenfield project for 215-MW, 100% biomass-fired, power plant.
GE will also build the in-house critical parts of the power block including the circulating fluidized bed boiler, steam turbine, generator and air quality control systems.
BEE’s new plant will be powered by wood chips and agro residues. It is designed reach an efficiency of over 60% when operating in cogeneration mode. Besides generating clean electricity, the plant will also be fitted with a district heating system of approximately 110 MW thermal energy to supply heating to industries and households in the city of Ghent, Belgium.