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Belgium: Indaver and SUEZ are about to build a treatment facility for non-recyclable wood waste in Doel, near Antwerp. Called ‘E-Wood’, the plant will transform these residual waste into renewable energy and will help to develop the activities in this area, in line with the Flemish region’s sustainable development goals.

Located on the Indaver site in Waasland industrial port, the future plant will use the existing infrastructure, operated by both parties, which includes three turbines with a total generating capacity of 85 MW and a high-pressure process steam network with a generating capacity of 160 MW.

E-Wood will have an annual processing capacity of 180,000 tonnes of non-recyclable wood waste (treated or rotting wood, woody matter from composting, etc). The waste material will come from Belgium and neighboring countries (Netherlands, Germany, and France).

The plant will generate 20 MW of electricity. The remaining steam can be supplied to the very first large-scale industrial network at the port of Antwerp, ECLUSE.

This project will create opportunities for economic development in this area and will provide local businesses and industries with a readily available, reliable and sustainable energy source. It will also reduce their environmental footprint and contribute to European renewable energy targets.

The license application has been submitted. The facility will be operational in 2021.

Jean-Marc Boursier, Group Senior Executive VP – Finance & Northern Europe at SUEZ said, “We are proud to be involved in this project, which will contribute to the development of Antwerp’s port and provide its players with a local, low carbon and affordable energy resource. With E-Wood, the Group will boost its Energy-from-Waste capacity and will confirm its role as a major energy recovery producer.”

Paul De Bruycker, CEO of Indaver, added, “Waste is not an end product. It is a phase in the lifecycle of material. With E-Wood, we recover energy from wood waste. This project is an example of the industry’s sustained commitment to help achieve the climate objectives.”

Indaver operates specialized facilities and smart systems for waste management, processing approx. 5 million tonnes of waste annually from industry, local authorities and households. Indaver creates value from waste by recovering materials and energy. Headquartered in Belgium, Indaver has 31 operational sites in Europe, employing 1662 people in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal.

With 90,000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. It provides water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. The SUEZ group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of €17.3 billion in 2018.

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