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Dalkia assumes its biggest biomass project to date

Energy company Dalkia is to undertake its largest biomass project to date and invest €70 million on the construction of two biomass generators in Poland.

Owned by French energy firm EDF and Veolia Environnement, this is the Dalkia Group’s largest biomass combustion project so far.

A statement released by Dalkia said: ‘The investment of €70 million, which is to generate around €364 million in supplementary annual turnover, is a project which from 2012 will exceed the target of 15% renewables fixed by Poland's energy policy and will prevent the emission of 460,000 tonnes of C02 emissions per year.’

Poland generates around 90% of its electricity from coal, not forgetting a large portion of its heat.

The two biomass plants are to be located in the central city of Lodz and the western city of Poznan, Poland. It is expected that construction will be completed sometime next year before they both become operational by the end of 2011, utilising 700,000 tonnes of biomass annually.

As well as supplying the nation’s grid with electricity, the plants will also provide heat benefitting around 700,000 local residents living in both cities.

Poland will also house another bioelectricity plant by the end of 2012 in Polaniec, after France-based GDF Suez developed plans to built a biomass facility costing €240 million.