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Rotterdam,
31
May
2013

Eneco helps AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals to enhance sustainability of its energy consumption

Eneco Bio Golden Raand in Delfzijl operational at the beginning of the summer

Summary

Today, AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals and energy company Eneco signed an agreement for the supply of sustainable energy generated by the new biomass power plant in Delfzijl, Eneco Bio Golden Raand. Once the power plant becomes operational, approximately half of the sustainably generated electricity will be supplied to AkzoNobel Industrial Chemicals. This equals about 10% of the total electricity demand of the company, including its location in the municipality of Delfzijl.

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The new biomass power plant, which is located in the Farmsum industrial zone of Delfzijl, has a capacity of  49.9 Megawatt and is the largest and most efficient biomass power plant in the Benelux. The electricity plant will supply sustainable energy to a large part of the businesses and homes in and around Delfzijl. The recycled wood fired plant will become operational by mid-July and offers employment to 30 employees.

The construction of a large biomass power plant fits in well with Eneco's strategy to enhance the sustainability of the energy supply. An increasing part of the electricity that Eneco produces for its customers is generated by means of wind turbines, solar power installations and from biomass. The plant in Delfzijl is a major step forward for Eneco in this respect. Bio Golden Raand produces sustainable electricity for 120,000 households, which corresponds to the amount of energy generated by the Princess Amalia Wind Farm located at the North Sea.

AkzoNobel and Eneco are enthusiastic about the possibilities of the new power plant. In view of its leading position in the Sustainability Index for the chemical sector of Swiss research institute SAM, AkzoNobel takes the entire supply chain into account, from supplier to customer, in its efforts to improve the sustainability of its production processes. Enhancing the sustainability of the energy supply is an important part of this objective. There is a continuous search for possibilities to enhance the sustainability of production processes, to use resources efficiently and, simultaneously, to realise cost reductions.