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Delesto 2 Project Wins Top Award

A major energy project co-owned by Akzo Nobel has been honored with a prestigious award.

The Delesto 2 facility, an energy-saving cogeneration plant which supplies electricity and process steam to Akzo Nobel’s chemical complex at Delfzijl, the Netherlands, has been presented with Power Engineering magazine’s Project of the Year 2000 award.

Delesto b.v. is a joint venture between Akzo Nobel Energy and Dutch multi-utility company Essent, with the Delesto 2 plant having opened in June last year, when it became General Electric’s first turnkey cogeneration project in western Europe to be built under severe 6 Sigma quality requirements.

It was also the first cogeneration project to use GE’s 9FA gas turbine, achieving energy savings of 470 million cubic meters of natural gas and recording an annual carbon dioxide reduction of a million metric tons.

“The quality of our project has been recognized as being superior and that’s a great honor,” said Gert van Ingen, chairman of Delesto’s supervisory board, who accepted the award at the POWER-GEN International conference held in Orlando, USA.

“We are not one of the very big utility companies by any means, but we have to compete on a worldwide scale with much bigger projects carried out by much bigger companies. Receiving this award represents a fantastic achievement for Delesto and the project teams who delivered the basis for this success.”

Built at a cost of NLG 500 million (EUR 227 million), Delesto 2—an extension to the Delesto 1 facility built in 1987—adds 360 megawatts of power to the existing plant, with the balance of electric power not used by the Delfzijl site being exported to the Dutch national grid.

(Released: November 13, 2000)

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