The fuel will be wood chips and agricultural residues. Commercial operation is planned for 2019.
GE’s Steam Power Systems division will build the plant for renewable power utility Belgian Eco Energy (BEE) to provide power and around 110 MWth of district heating for the city of Ghent, as well as steam for use in nearby industrial facilities.
Included in the scope of work will be design, engineering and construction of the plant, as well as integration of parts including the circulating fluidized bed boiler, steam turbine, generator and air quality control systems.
GE said the plant will reach over 60 per cent efficiency when operating in cogeneration mode.
The firm claims that, when completed, the plant will be the world’s largest greenfield, 100 per cent biomass-fuelled commercial power plant.