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Dong Energy starts Asnæs Power Station conversion project in Denmark

CTBR Staff Writer Published 31 October 2017

Dong Energy has started work to convert the Avedøre Power Station, which is located in Denmark, to use wood pellets as fuel instead of coal.

Upon completion of the conversion project, the power station will use wood chips and other sustainable types of biomass instead of coal to generate power, thus reducing CO2 emissions up to approximately 800,000 tons.

Work involves construction of a biomass-fired plant in new buildings at Asnæs Power Station. The new unit will be connected to the existing district heating and process steam networks and the electricity grid.

The conversion project also includes installation of a new conveyor system and wood chip storage.

Dong Energy bioenergy and thermal power CEO and executive vice-president Thomas Dalsgaard said: "By 2023, we'll have phased out all use of coal at our power stations.

“With the conversion of Asnæs Power Station, we and our customers are taking an important step towards becoming coal-free.”

Dong said that the a 20-year agreement signed with Novo Nordisk, Novozymes, and Kalundborg Forsyning, made it possible to fund the DKK1.2bn ($190m) for the conversion project.

The Avedøre power station conversion project is intended to ensure a reliable supply of green heat and process steam for Kalundborg's citizens and industrial sector.

Dalsgaard added: "Our steam and heat customers in Kalundborg have just as ambitious targets to reduce their carbon emissions as we have, and I'm happy that together we can ensure a greener energy supply to the area.”

The conversion project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2019.

Earlier this year, Valmet secured contract to supply a biomass power plant to DONG Energy's Asnaes Power Station located.

Image: Officials during sod cutting ceremony at the conversion project of the Asnæs Power Station. Photo: courtesy of DONG Energy A/S.