Enovos and NPG open biogas plant at Antwerp Port
NPG Energy, a subsidiary of Enovos Luxembourg, has inaugurated its NPG BIO II biogas plant at the Deurganckdok at Antwerp Port. Inauguration of this renewable facility is the first of three openings to come over the coming year.
Speaking about the plant, which took 10 months to build, NPG Energy CEO and co-founder André Jurres says: 'The plant is primarily fuelled by liquids, coming from waste and residual flows from the food industry. After a preliminary treatment, the products are fed into the fermenters, where they then undergo a heavily controlled fermentation process. The biogas produced during this process is then converted into electricity and heat using co-generation engines.'
The plant has a total power production capacity of 3MW and will produce 21 GWh, which corresponds to the energy use of around 6,000 households. The majority of the energy produced will be used by the neighbouring company Antwerp Gateway, with the remainder being directly injected into the grid. The residual heat will be used for prior and subsequent treatment of flows and will allow for the plant's installations to be operated.
Daniel Christnach, member of the Board of Directors at NPG Energy and head of renewable energies and cogeneration at Enovos, comments: 'Biomethane plants play a key role in the fleet of energy production plants on the basis of renewable energies. With their continuous production, they contribute towards balancing production using from intermittent plants such as wind farms and photovoltaic production and are, therefore, able to guarantee the stability of energy supply for the grid.'