According to Electricite de France (EDF), the 870MW plant will meet the most stringent environmental standards in Europe, keeping carbon dioxide emissions well below the levels recorded by conventional gas-fired power plants.

EDF and Delta will share the financing of the construction on a 50/50 basis, and will each take 50% of the electricity generated. German construction company Siemens has won the tender to build the plant and maintain it for 15 years, with contracts that total E550 million. Commercial operation is due to start in 2009.

Pierre Gadonneix, chairman and CEO of EDF, commented that the plant is in line with the group’s plans to develop its presence in the Benelux countries, adding: This project will contribute to the diversification of our generation capacity in Europe and will enhance electricity supply security in the Netherlands, a country facing a shortage of generating capacity.