Blue Sphere receives €152m grant to develop biogas project in Netherlands


Bluesphere Brabent, a fully owned subsidiary of Blue Sphere Corporation has received a grant to sell renewable gas on a per MWg basis to Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency.

The awarded grant provides maximum total value of up to €151.9m for the sale of up to 234,466.589 MWh annually.

Bluesphere received this grant under the Renewable Energy Production Incentive Scheme (SDE) which will be paid over 12 years from the date the proposed facility commences production.

Blue Sphere CEO Shlomi Palas said: “We are very excited to have won this important Grant from the Netherlands Enterprise Agency. This is a key step in the execution of developing this project and we also believe that this is a key catalyst for moving forward with other waste-to-energy projects in the Netherlands. 

“The entire Blue Sphere team has been working very hard over the last year to bring our development pipeline to the next stage.  This Grant is a perfect example of our focus on developing assets with long term revenue agreements in place prior to construction or acquisition.”

The waste-to-energy anaerobic digester plant located in Sterksel, the Netherlands is currently in the development stage for which the company received the funding.

The grant is constrained on multiple factors. It includes, but not limited to, Bluesphere choosing an engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractor to develop the plant within one year from the grant being awarded. The facility must also begin production within four years from the awarded date of grant.

With addition to the potential revenues to be collected by the biogas facility, the company also intends to sell natural gas directly to end users. 

Global companies such as Abbot, GE Healthcare, Aspen Pharma, Amgen, Janssen and Merck have established operations in the region, and Blue Sphere believes that this region has potential for the sale of natural gas to industrial and retail customers.

Further,

Additionally, the company will now work on finalising the feedstock agreements as well as arranging for project finance solutions to allow it to begin construction. 

When financing is in place, the construction of this facility can take between 12 and 8 months to complete.