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Elecnor awarded €86 million CHP contract in Belgium

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Spanish energy, infrastructure and telecommunications firm Elecnor has been awarded an €86 million contract to build a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Ghent, Belgium.

The CHP plant is promoted by the Gentse Warmte Centrale (GWC), a society set up for this project by Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) – a Belgian energy firm specialising in the production and supply of locally-generated renewable energy – and UK-based fund manager Equitix.

The plant will have a capacity of 19.9MW and will burn locally-sourced non-recyclable demolition wood. The facility will be located in a former coal terminal in the port of Ghent. The project also includes the production of steam to service a nearby industrial company.

Construction is expected to take around two years and will generate 300 temporary jobs and 35 permanent jobs. This contract – Elecnor’s first in Belgium – will add to the company’s portfolio of biomass projects, including the Viseu and Fundao facilities in Portugal.