Swedish energy company Vattenfall said on Thursday it will delay the final investment decision (FID) on a biomass project in the Netherlands until next summer, as it seeks more clarity over public and government support.
The construction of the 120-megawatt (MW) Diemen biomass plant will be subject to a “clear sustainability framework for biomass,” Kallanish Energy learns from the company.
“We see the public discussion about biomass increase,” said Martijn Hagens, CEO of Vattenfall Netherlands. “There is currently no clear voice from the Dutch government and the signatories of the Climate Agreement in favor of biomass.”
That’s why the company decided to enter into discussions with stakeholders such as the government, municipalities, and other organizations before making “a final and irrevocable decision to build the biomass power plant in Diemen.”
The CEO said the Dutch government is due to publish a sustainability framework, with conditions for the use of biomass in power generation. “We expect to be able to make a final decision after summer 2021,” he added.
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