Vilvoorde power station

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Vilvoorde power station is a 264-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium.


The map below shows the location of the power station in Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium.

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Due to underutilization, Electrabel entered this plant into the Strategic Reserve from 2014 to 2017 (3 years).[1] The plant has since re-entered the market, and Electrabel is planning to expand the site. It purchased the land from EMGB and has proposed an 870 MW expansion.[2]

In February 2021, Enerdata reported that Electrabel "will still go ahead" with its proposal for a "870 MW unit [...] on the site of the 255 MW Vilvoorde gas-fired power plant acquired from EM Generation Brussels (EMGB) in April 2020)".[3]

The Flemish Minister of Energy Zuhal Demi refused a permit application for the proposed 870 mw Vilvoorde power plant in November 2021.[4] In August 2021, Engie was considering an appeal[5], and in December it announced it intended to submit a new application.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electrabel[7]
  • Parent company: Engie SA[8]
  • Location: Vilvoorde, Flemish Brabant Province, Belgium
  • Coordinates: 50.9414, 4.4246 (exact)[9]
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 264 MW
  • Gross generating capacity (proposed): 870 MW

Articles and Resources


  1. Annual electricity capacity update: Belgian supply to stabilise in period before nuclear phase-out, ICIS, Joachim Moxon, Jan 17, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Belgium: acquisition of the Vilvoorde site and gas-fired power plant, ENGIE, Apr 17, 2020
  3. "BASF cancels plan to build a 850 MW CCGT project with Engie in Belgium | Enerdata". Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  4. "Energiebevoorrading van België is niet langer zeker nu ook gascentrale in Vilvoorde geen vergunning krijgt: hoe zal worden vermeden dat het licht straks uitgaat?". (in Nederlands). Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  5. "La Wallonie autorise une centrale à gaz (900 MW) d'Engie". Montel (in français). Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  6. Newmedia, R. T. L. (2021-12-09). "Engie compte introduire une nouvelle demande de permis pour sa centrale au gaz à Vilvorde". RTL Info (in français). Retrieved 2021-12-09.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Elia "Detailed production park" data set dated July 3, 2019
  8. Transparency - Plant Units Engie, accessed December 2019
  9. FRESNA (FIAS Renewable Energy Systems & Network Analysis) version 4.1 (July 2019)
  10. ENTSO-E Transparency Platform, ID 22W20181015PU--J accessed November 2019
  11. Elia "Detailed production park" data set dated December 8, 2021
  12. Global Energy Observatory ID 41969, accessed January 2020
  13. 13.0 13.1 Edwardes-Evans, Henry (2021-04-06). "Advanced Power sells 920 MW Belgian gas plant project to Germany's RWE". Retrieved 2021-12-09.