Europe’s largest wood pellet producer Estonia’s Graanul Invest has bought the 556MW Langerlo coal-fired power plant in Belgium and plans to convert it to burn biomass by the second half of 2017.
The plant, located in Flanders, Belgium, will use 1.8mn t/yr of wood pellets once converted and would become a 400 MW biomass plant. The company is still considering its supply options and is likely to secure part of Langerlo’s supply from the market.
US pellet producer Enviva had previously signed a 10-year supply agreement for 450,000mn t/yr of wood pellets to be delivered to the plant from 2017 and that is still an option, Graanul Invest said.
Langerlo was granted a subsidy by the Flemish government in summer 2015 and must be converted within three years of that date. German utility Eon had held discussions with potential contractors which are still under consideration for the conversion, Graanul Invest said, which would allow a relatively quick timeline for the works.