The project in line with E.On’s strategy to further its clean energy portfolio also includes turbine upgrade. The move is expected to create the largest biomass-fired power plant in the country.

Doosan Power Systems chief executive Jinwon Mok was quoted by as saying, "It is also a valuable reference for Doosan in the biomass sector, following on from our 2012 contract wins for the conversion of the Ironbridge power plant in the UK and the Atikokan Generation Station in Ontario, Canada."

Coal-fired Provence 4 unit to be converted to 150MW biomass plant will use wood including forest chips, green residues and recovered wood to generate power.

Doosan has scheduled to commence work on adapting the 20-year-old circulating fluidized bed boiler and renovating the steam turbine during summer 2013. Full operations of the plant are expected in early 2015.

Following this upgrades, it is anticipated that the plant’s operational life will increase by 20 years.