Aspiravi and Unilin hold $100 million ready for third waste power plant

Aspiravi and Unilin hold $100 million ready for third waste power plant

The green power producer Aspiravi and the laminate company Unilin want to build a third power plant in Vielsalm that runs on waste wood. This is an investment of more than EUR 100 million.

In addition to the plant in Vielsalm where Unilin produces MDF plates, the company wants to build a third power plant together with the green power producer Aspiravi. An environmental impact study has already been launched with the aim of obtaining a permit. The plant, which will burn non-recyclable wood, costs 100 to 110 million euros.

The incinerator must develop a capacity of 100 megawatts (MW), accounting for approximately 22.5 MW of green power capacity and 15 MW of green heat. The electricity must mainly serve to supply unilin’s plant, the surpluses are sold through the grid. The steam will supply Unilin via a heat grid, but can also serve the surrounding businesses and buildings in Vielsalm. If the project is licensed, construction could begin in spring 2022, so the plant will be operational in 2024.

For Aspiravi and Unilin, it is the third similar project. In 2010, together they already put the A&S wood plant into use at the Unilin site in Oostrozebeke, accounting for an electricity production that corresponds to the annual consumption of 55,000 families. On the site in Wielsbeke they put a second A&U wood plant into operation last year, after a joint investment of 100 million euros.

Strong growth

The plant in Vielsalm will run on non-usable waste and wood dust that remain in the local production of MDF plates. In addition, wood waste will be supplied from companies and container parks in the area, possibly also from across the border with Germany, the Netherlands and France.

The market for wood waste incineration has been on the rise in recent years. In addition to the three projects of Aspiravi and Unilin, the waste processors also Indaver and Suez in Antwerp a similar plant. The developer BEE is working on a project in the port of Ghent and the incinerator of the waste processor Bionerga in Houthalen-Helchteren also recently switched to the incineration of waste wood.

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