Press release: Indaver and SUEZ build an energy from waste plant for non-recyclable wood waste in Waasland Port in Antwerp

Indaver and SUEZ have applied for a permit to build a new processing facility for non-recyclable wood waste. The investment amounts to €100 million. Christened E-Wood, or energy from wood (waste), the facility will process approx. 180,000 tonnes of wood waste per year. The energy released in this process is converted to electricity and used as steam for the industrial Ecluse steam network. By using this wood waste as resource to generate green energy, this facility falls in line with the sustainability goals of Flanders.

Integration at the Indaver site in Doel 

The new E-Wood facility is hosted at the Indaver site in Waaslandhaven. Indaver and SUEZ operate other facilities jointly at this site. E-Wood is therefore integrated at a site which already boasts a power generating infrastructure, such as 3 turbines (total of 85 MW) and a steam pipeline for 160 MW high-pressure process steam. 

E-Wood, energy from wood waste 

E-Wood will be able to process 180,000 tons of wood waste per year. 
This concerns the non-recyclable fraction of wood waste such as treated wood waste or wood materials from composting facilities. This fraction can no longer be recycled to new wood products, but can be put to good use as resource for the generation of green energy. 
The wood waste is stored and processed in a covered hall. The wood waste will be thermally processed by means of fluidized bed technology. The facility will have an intensive flue gas cleaning feature. It will generate 20 MW of electricity. The remaining steam can be supplied to the Ecluse steam network. The energy released will be a constantly available green energy source. It will offer opportunities for the further development of economic activities in the port area. With E-Wood, we can offer our customers a greater guarantee of energy supply continuity. Furthermore, the green energy will improve the environmental footprint of the customers considerably. 

Contribution to the (Flemish) renewable energy goals 

The European Climate and Energy Package has set ambitious goals for 2020 and 2030, particularly in terms of increasing the share of renewable sources of energy in the gross energy consumption (20% in 2020 and 30% in 2030). Flanders needs green energy to achieve these climate goals. Thanks to the new E-Wood facility for processing renewable wood waste, Flanders draws a step closer to achieving those goals. 

Sustainable waste management in the circular economy 

Materials are reused as efficiently and as much as possible in the circular economy. Companies such as Indaver and SUEZ - active players in sustainable waste management and partners in the new E-Wood project - play an essential role in this respect. 

Éric Trodoux, COO of SUEZ Recycling and recovery BeNeLux & Germany : "E-Wood embodies one of the steps in the resource revolution that SUEZ wishes to achieve: we sort and recycle, and use the non-recyclable fraction to generate renewable energy. The project gives us a stronger foothold in the port area: public and private customers will be able to call on us for the entire waste value chain, from collection and sorting solutions (in Luithagen), to glass recycling (High 5) and to energy recovery from non-recyclable solid waste and sludge (SLECO and E-Wood).”  

Paul De Bruycker, CEO Indaver: “Waste is not an end product. It is a phase in the lifecycle of a material. With E-Wood, we recover energy from wood waste. This project is an example of the industry’s sustained commitment to help achieve the climate objectives.” 

Supply and processing 

SUEZ and Indaver will assume half of the capacity in their portfolio each and market it independently from each other. With this initiative, Indaver and SUEZ offer their clients, mainly in Belgium and by extension in North-West Europe, a sustainable and competitive solution for the non-recyclable wood waste they produce. More green energy will be generated in Flanders thanks to the new facility. 


The license application has been submitted  and the facility is expected to be operational in 2021. 



More information

For Indaver 
Inge Baertsoen – Communications Manager – 0497 97 05 70;
Marion Clisson – Communication business partner –  0476 98 85 19;


Indaver operates specialized facilities and smart systems for waste management, processing approx. 5 million tonnes of waste annually from industry, local authorities and households. 
Indaver creates value from waste by recovering materials and energy. With the safe sink guarantee, we prevent harmful substances from winding up in the material or food chain. Indaver is committed to safe, low-carbon and energy efficient closing of material cycles.  
Headquartered in Belgium, Indaver has 31 operational sites in Europe, employing 1662 people in Belgium, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, the UK, France, Italy, Spain and Portugal.


With 90 000 people on the five continents, SUEZ is a world leader in smart and sustainable resource management. We provide water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize their resource management and strengthen their environmental and economic performances, in line with regulatory standards. To meet increasing demands to overcome resource quality and scarcity challenges, SUEZ is fully engaged in the resource revolution. With the full potential of digital technologies and innovative solutions, the Group recovers 17 million tons of waste a year, produces 3.9 million tons of secondary raw materials and 7 TWh of local renewable energy. It also secures water resources, delivering wastewater treatment services to 58 million people and reusing 882 million m3 of wastewater. SUEZ generated total revenues of €17.3 billion in 2018.


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