Part of the ENGIE Groep, Engie Electrabel had the ambition to take the lead in the Belgian Energy transition to a carbon free economy. Engie, with her powerplant Knippegroen in Gent joined SDR in the summer of 2017. The power plant was put into use by Engie Electrabel in December 2010 and is located on SDR-member ArcelorMittal Gent’s site.
Engie has the best available technology to convert blast furnace gas and convector gas from ArcelorMittal Gent into electricity. The plant has a capacity of 315MW, with which it can produce 2.4 terawatt hours electricity annually, which equals the annual usage for approximately 700.000 families.
ENGIE Electrabel, local player in energy transition
Our enterprise has evolved continually since 1905 to reach the position where we are now and where is expected from us. The position of the energy supplier, that of a responsible electricity producer and that of a socially engaged player. Together with the ENGIE Groep we have the ambition to take the lead in the Belgian energy transition to a carbon free economy.
Safely producing and supplying tomorrow's energy against the best possible conditions.
We locally produce electricity in various ways which we – in addition to natural gas and various energy services – sell to individual clients, professional users, SME’s, large companies and public institutes. Our activities are supported and optimized by energy management and trading operations by the ENGIE Group and the European and international energy markets.
We want to be a partner for our 2.73 million clients who inspire us daily. We listen to them and develop innovative and sustainable solutions to increase their energy comfort level. Our competitive products and services answer our customers’ expectations who wish to tackle the energy transition challenges head-on.
To succeed in this ambition, we can count on the knowhow from the ENGIE Group, a world player in the energy market and an expert in 3 area’s: electricity, natural gas and energy services.
Power plant on site ArcelorMittal Ghent
Since the summer of 2017, Engie Electrabel has joined SDR with her power plant in Knippegroen Ghent. The plant in Knippegroen was put into service by Engie in December 2010 and is located on the site of steel producer and SDR member ArcelorMittal Ghent. It has the best available technology to convert ArcelorMittal’s blast furnace and convector gas into electricity. The plant has a capacity of 315 MW, with which they can produce 2,4 terawatt hours annually, which equals the annual electricity need for approximately 700.000 families.
Due to the high yield of 42%, the Knippegroen plant emits 70.000 ton less CO₂ annually in residual gas combustion, which was previously done in the Rodenhuize plant in Ghent. In addition to blast furnace gas, the plant can also use multiple gas sources, such as convector gas. A small amount of natural gas is used as start - and supporting fuel.
50 years of sustainable partnership
Knippegroen meets two needs ArcelorMittal has: meet the large, long-term, electricity demand the steel producer has and provide a useful application – conversion in electricity - for the residual gasses produced in the steel production process.
The new plant gave way to further the existing fifty year collaboration between Electrabel and ArcelorMittal Ghent (the former Sidmar). Before the Knippegroen plant was operational, the steel producers blast furnace gas was used in the Rodenhuize plant. As various production units were at the end of their lifespan, this plant was closed. The remaining units in Rodenhuize, the biomass plant Max Green, still serves as back-up for the use of residual gasses, for instance when the plant in Knippegroen is put on hold for to maintenance work.
- Capacity: 315 MW.
- Production: 2,4 terawatt hours annually (equal to the energy demand for 700.000 families).
- Fuel: residual gas from the steel production (mixture of blast furnace gas and convector gas) form ArcelorMittal Ghent, approximately 6 billion Nmᶟ annually.
- Natural gas as starting and support fuel.
- 42% Conversion yield.
- Annual CO₂ emission reduction of 70.000 ton.
- Connceted to the 150 kV-net via ArcelorMittal’s high voltage post.
- Blast furnace gas is a by-product in the steel production process in modern blast furnaces. It is released in the reduction of iron ore with cokes to pig iron.
- Convector gas emerges in the process converting pig iron to liquid steel.
9042 Gent Gent (België)
With her plant Knippegroen in Ghent, Engie Electrabel joined SDR in the summer of 2017. The plant in Knippegroen was put into service by Engie in December 2010 and is located on the site of steel producer and SDR member ArcelorMittal Ghent. It has the best available technology to convert ArcelorMittal’s blast furnace and convector gas into electricity. The plant has a capacity of 315 MW, with which they can produce 2,4 terawatt hours annually, which equals the annual electricity need for approximately 700.000 families.