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Royal inauguration of DONG Energy’s Skærbæk Power Station

After three years of work, Denmark-headed energy utility DONG Energy A/S has officially completed the coal-to-biomass conversion of its Skærbæk Power Station in Fredericia. Held on October 25, the inauguration ceremony was officiated by HRH Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark.

HRH Crown Princess Mary Elizabeth of Denmark “starting” Skærbæk Power Station (photo courtesy DONG Energy).

With the participation of The Crown Princess, we’ve now marked the completion of an extensive conversion. Skærbæk Power Station has been given a new and greener life, which will benefit residents in the Danish Triangle Region and contribute to Denmark’s green transformation, said Thomas Dalsgaard, Executive Vice President and CEO of Bioenergy & Thermal Power.

Green transformation

Skærbæk Power Station has undergone a conversion from black to green energy. Built in 1951, the power station was to use coal as fuel. In 1997, it was converted to gas, and it’s now been converted to using wood waste from sustainable forestry.

By switching to sustainable woodchips, we’re reducing Skærbæk Power Station’s annual carbon emissions by about 250 000 tonnes. This is equivalent to the annual carbon emissions from more than 125 000 cars, said Thomas Dalsgaard.

In February this year, the company announced that it was converting its heat and power facilities to using sustainable biomass as fuel instead of coal and gas with a phase-out of the former by 2023. In September, DONG Energy completed the divestment of its upstream oil and gas business to INEOS and next month it intends to change its name to Ørsted.

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