Heating network Waasland Port feasibility study

 

Indaver, SLECO, MLSO and several chemical companies in Waasland Port are currently conducting a feasibility study for setting up an energy cluster on the left bank of the River Schelde in Waasland Port. Projects for heating clusters are more cost effective than plants for cogeneration or green electricity generation, for example, yet investment support remains essential to be able to build the required basic infrastructure for the heating network. If the entire energy cluster is realised, then Indaver/SLECO’s production of green heat in Flanders will comprise around 10% in one fell swoop.

 

At their Doel site, Indaver and SLECO process more than 1 million tonnes of waste annually in their grate incinerators (household and similar industrial waste) and fluidized bed incinerators (industrial waste and sludge). The steam which is released during incineration is converted into electricity via three turbines. In all our operations and plants, we try to recover materials and energy as much and as efficiently as possible. We use that power for our own processes and we feed it into the electricity grid. At the Doel site, we supply enough electricity to provide an incredible 170,000 households with power. Some of the steam, however, goes to a network that we set up with our neighbouring company, Ineos. Ineos uses the steam in its production processes.

 

Heating or steam networks such as those at Indaver/SLECO are green solutions for the heating of buildings and houses, and for production processes at companies. They are an energy-efficient and sustainable alternative for heating based on fossil fuels. Moreover, 50% of the heat generated in Doel is done on the basis of the renewable portion of biomass in waste products.

 

The European Commission encourages its Member States to invest in these networks. In Flanders, green heat is in its infancy. As it stands now, the portion of green heat in the energy supply in Flanders amounts to approximately 3%, while the production of green energy (green electricity, green heat, green fuels) needs to be 13% by 2020. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of potential. Indaver and SLECO are keen to expand the share of their businesses in this supply of green heat.

 

Indaver, SLECO, MLSO and several chemical companies are currently conducting a feasibility study for setting up an energy cluster on the left bank of the River Schelde. Projects for heating clusters are more cost effective than plants for cogeneration or green electricity generation, for example, yet investment support remains essential to be able to build the required basic infrastructure for the heating network. If the entire energy cluster is realised, then Indaver/SLECO’s production of green heat in Flanders will comprise around 10% in one fell swoop.