Rodenhuize power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Rodenhuize power station is a retired 133-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Ghent, East Flanders Province, Belgium.[1]


The map below shows the location of the power station in Gent, East Flanders Province, Belgium.

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The Rodenhuize power station was commissioned in 1964 by Engie Electrabel. In 2005 and 2008, the plant was modified in 2005 and 2008 to allow both coal and biomass to be used as fuels in a co-firing method to generate electricity. In 2011, it was fully converted into a biomass-fueled unit and coal use was suspended.

Conversion into 100% Biomass Plant

In line with Belgium's national action plan, which aims to generate 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020, Engie Electrabel entered into a joint venture called Max Green with Ackermans & van Haaren in 2009.[2] They invested €125 million into the project, with Electrabel owning 73% of the joint venture and Ackermans & van Haaren owning the rest. In 2010, the conversion process began; Bilfinger Berger Power Services were contracted for the construction, installation and commissioning of the new 180 MW plant. The converted plant, fueled primarily by wood pellets, began operating in 2011 and offsets around 1.2 million tons of CO2 emissions a year compared to the prior plant. Pacific BioEnergy’s production facility in British Columbia, Canada supplies 30% of the wood pellets required by the plant. The wood pellets arrive via boat to the port of Ghent, where they are then transferred to the plant.[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Engie Electrabel
  • Parent company: Engie
  • Location: Ghent, East Flanders Province, Belgium
  • Coordinates: 51.1303, 3.7591 (exact)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source: Adjacent Ghent Coal Terminal[4]
  • Gross generating capacity (retired): 133 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 133 MW (start-up in 1964)

Articles and Resources


  1. euro-énergie (2011). "Electrabel, Groupe GDF SUEZ, et Ackermans & van Haaren vont ensemble transformer une unité de la centrale de Rodenhuize en une unité 100 % biomasse d'une puissance de 180 MW". Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  2. "Rodenhuize Biomass-fuelled Power Plant, Ghent - Renewable Technology". Renewable Technology. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  3. "Rodenhuize Power Station". Power Technology. Retrieved 2021-05-19.
  4. "Rodenhuize Thermal Power Plant Belgium - GEO". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 2021-05-19.