Stichting Biopark Terneuzen, together with Zeeland Seaports, seeks users for residual heat

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Port Authority has 70 hectares of land available at Terneuzen in the Netherlands

Terneuzen, The Netherlands, 10 August 2010

Stichting Biopark Terneuzen, a organisation that focuses, among other things, on the development of sustainable connections (so-called smart links) between businesses in Terneuzen’s Canal Zone, is very busy developing a cluster of bio-energy power plants on the Axelse Vlakte in southern Netherlands.

The firm Lijnco Green Energy is currently having a 10MW biomass power plant built at Ecopark Terneuzen and Energy@work hopes to start construction shortly on a 10MW 2nd generation biomass power plant at the new industrial site on the Axelse Vlakte. In addition to this, still other initiatives will be launched, as long as they receive SDE subsidy. SDE stands for Stimulering Duurzame Energieproductie (Stimulating Sustainable Energy Production) and the subsidy is provided by the NL Agency. This is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs.

The planned biomass power plants produce energy from, for example, animal waste streams and agricultural residue streams. Biomass power plants are becoming increasingly popular, because they are an environmentally friendly variant of the traditional CO2 producing gas and coal fired power stations.

The production of energy leaves behind a considerable amount of residual heat. Biopark Terneuzen wants as little of this residual heat to be wasted and is therefore looking for parties who can make use of the residual heat.

Using residual heat

The residual heat is ideal for companies which have a great need for heat or steam, for example as part of their production process or for heating large industrial spaces. We are thinking here primarily of companies active in the bio-based industry, process industry or food industry.

These companies might also produce residual streams themselves, which can in turn be used sustainably as raw material for third parties.

On the Axelse Vlakte, for instance, a successful Biopark project is already up and running, whereby residual heat and CO2 from the Yara Sluiskil fertilizer plant is supplied via an underground pipeline system to Glastuinbouw Terneuzen. That makes this greenhouse horticulture area one of the most sustainable of such locations in the Netherlands. Within this project, there is still a need for usable CO2 that companies generate as a residual stream in connection with their production process.

70 hectares of land available

On the Axelse Vlakte, the port authority of Zeeland Seaports, a participant in Biopark Terneuzen, currently has 70 hectares of port and quay-bound land available for businesses which fit in with the Biopark concept.

The Axelse Vlakte is situated directly on the Terneuzen-Ghent Canal and, with the Autrichehaven, it offers a dock parallel to the waterway with a depth of 12.5 meter and a quay length of around 900 metres. In addition, the area is accessible via a freight railway line, has good hinterland connections by water and is located close to Tractaatweg and the Westerschelde Tunnel, enabling direct transport by road to the South and the rest of the Netherlands.

More information

For more information on the possibilities for setting up business, please contact Peter Geertse, Commercial Manager Biopark, on 0031 (0)6 53193275 or at You can also visit and

About Biopark Terneuzen

Established in February 2007, Biopark Terneuzen is a ‘Smart Link’ initiative that represents new thinking in the creation of agro-industrial sustainability. Building on the economic and knowledge transfer advantages obtained through the co-location of associated businesses, Biopark Terneuzen raises the platform to a higher level. Based on smart linking, it promotes and facilitates the exploitation of key synergies between its partner companies. Specifically the potential to exchange and utilise each other’s by-products and waste streams as feedstock or utility supplements for their own processes. This contributes to their productivity, to the conservation of non-renewable resources and the reduction of environmental burden.

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About Zeeland Seaports

As port authority, Zeeland Seaports is responsible for the management and development of the ports of the Zeeland region, The Netherlands. Zeeland Seaports is an independent non-profit organisation. It resulted from a merger in 1998 of the ports of Vlissingen and Terneuzen strategically located on the Westerscheldt estuary between Rotterdam and Antwerp. With an open connection to the North sea and the Rhine-Scheldt Canal, Zeeland Seaports serves both the global liner routes and Europe’s inland waterways: with around 7,000 ships and 23,500 inland vessels per year representing a total of more than 60 million tonnes of cargo handling.

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Press contacts: Zeeland Seaports – Public Relations Arno Dirkzwager Communications manager Phone: +31 115 647400 Mobile: +31 6 1318 9656 Email: EMG Nancy van Heesewijk Inka Finne Tel: +31 164 317 018 Tel.: +31 164 317 019 Fax: +31 164 317 039 Fax: +31 164 317 039 E-mail: E-mail :

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