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Biomass plant planned for the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, a group of companies have joined forces for the construction of a biomass-fired power plant in the port of Delfzijl.

The project, which will generate 49MW of renewable energy from woodchips, is scheduled to break ground towards the end of 2011, before it begins operations in mid-2013.

The new facility will become the fifth wood-burning power plant to be built in the Netherlands; the existing four plants are linked to waste incinerators and generate around 90MW each.

BioEnergy Centrale Delfzijl commissioned the plant, which will be constructed by Ballast Nedam, Areva Renewables of Germany and Finland's Metso Power.

The contract for Ballast Nedam has a value of approximately €48 million. Ballast Nedam will supervise the licensing process and the design and construction of the project's civil engineering and structural components.