Velsen 24, Velsen 25 and the IJmond plant differ from other plants in the Netherlands since these plants are using natural gas and residual gases such as blast furnace gas (BFG), provided by nearby Tata Steel. The BFG that is of no further use to Tata Steel, is transported through pipelines from Tata Steel in IJmuiden to the Velsen Plant. IJmond, commissioned in 1997, was one of the first combined cycle heat and power units outside Japan to use this type of fuel.
Environmental and economic benefits
The blast furnace gas used in the IJmond Plant contains high levels of CO2 – higher than natural gas, for example. However, since the gas is re-used in this power plant instead of just being incinerated in the steel works, the overall environmental impact from the use of fossil fuels is reduced. Authorities welcome this kind of industry cooperation that generates environmental benefits for society. It has therefore been agreed with the Office of Energy Regulation of the Netherlands Competition Authority that Vattenfall is to adjust the CO2 emissions in the production fuel mix to avoid double counting. The CO2 emissions are therefore counted as the use of natural gas in the CSR report, for instance.