French company Areva has inaugurated the 49.9MW Bio Golden Raand biomass power plant in Delfzijl in the north of the Netherlands.


Jointly built by the company, Dutch company Ballast Nedam and Finnish boiler supplier Metso Power, the plant has been delivered to its customer Eneco.

Originally started operations in November 2013, the plant, which is fuelled by waste wood from domestic and industry activities, could generate enough electricity to power around 120,000 households and curb around 250,000 tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Eneco Bio Golden Raand project manager Patrick Zwinkels said, "We are very proud to introduce Bio Golden Raand in our asset portfolio. The power plant in Delfzijl marks a big step forward for Eneco."

AREVA Bioenergy CEO Marc Laur said, "The facility, which was delivered with full customer satisfaction, demonstrates AREVA’s commitment to safety, quality, and the development of its renewable activities."

Image: Carsten Hacheney. Photo: courtesy of Areva.