Novacarb, a leading chemical company in France, wanted to improve both its energy production facilities and its environmental performance at their plant in Laneuveville-devant-Nancy (Meurthe-et-Moselle, France). Sodium carbonate and bicarbonate are the most commonly used chemicals in the pharmaceutical and food manufacturing industries. These industries typically require steam energy for their productions processes. At the Novacarb plant in Laneuveville-devant-Nancy, coal was heavily used to generate steam energy, and Novacarb wanted to reduce the plant’s annual coal consumption.
The ENGIE Solution: A biomass cogeneration plant
ENGIE used the BOOT model (Build, Own, Operate, Transfer) to deploy a biomass cogeneration plant that replaced two coal-fired boilers with a 65 MWth biomass boiler and a 14.6 MW turbine to generate green electricity. Operational in 2023, the highly efficient facility will reduce the plant’s annual coal consumption by 40%.
The facility projected to generate around 115 GWh of renewable electricity annually, sufficient to power 25,000 households consisting of four individuals each. To mitigate the cogeneration plant’s ecological footprint, it will be equipped with an advanced smoke treatment system that adheres to the most up-to-date European regulations.