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Fuji Oil Europe to build energy cogeneration unit in Ghent

Based at the North Sea Port in Ghent and part of Fuji Oil Holdings (Japan), vegetable oils and fats producer Fuji Oil Europe has signed an agreement with Centrica Business Solutions, a British energy distribution specialist. Their joint ambition? To construct a new combined heat and power (CHP) installation. This ‘cogeneration’ installation will produce decentralized electricity, heat and high-pressure steam, while also being included in a variety of industrial installations that support the local electricity grid.  

power cogeneration plant

Sustainable ambitions

The new investment is another step in Fuji Oil’s sustainable ambitions. Not only is the CHP installation expected to reduce the company’s energy consumption by 17%, it will also help cut CO2 emissions by 9%. The installation will connect to the company’s existing heat recovery network, respond to the current shortage and enable even more energy users in its factory to move from steam to hot water. In the long run, Fuji Oil aims at a carbon foot reduction of 15% through extra sustainability investments.  

Only possible together

“As a global leader in innovative food products, we strive for high energy efficiency and minimal environmental impact,” comments Tom Franssens, project manager, engineer and energy coordinator at Fuji Oil Europe.  

“We have found the perfect partner in Centrica Business Solutions: they not only provide energy solutions on site but have also continuously advised us on the best possible solution. Together, we identified how to achieve an optimal return and how to align the installation with our own production process. We are also proud to be able to support the local electricity grid when needed. As such, we send out a clear message: sustainability is something that you can only achieve together.”  

A perfect match

Fuji Oil Europe’s expansion project in Flanders and its collaboration agreement with Centrica Business Solutions were both guided by government agencies Flanders Investment & Trade (FIT) and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (VLAIO). “As an investor, Fuji Oil has been active in Flanders for nearly three decades,” comments Dirk De Ruyver, FIT’s Economic Representative in Japan. “This new investment in a cogeneration facility strengthens the position of its production site in Ghent and also fits perfectly with the energy strategy of the government of Flanders. In addition, it’s a token of Fuji Oil’s appreciation for and trust in Flanders’ business environment.”  

“Throughout the years, we have kept close contact with the Fuji Oil Group, both in Japan and in Flanders,” adds Astrid De Keyser, FIT’s deputy director Invest for Japan and South East Asia. “To help get its Ghent cogeneration project off the ground in the most optimal way possible, Fuji Oil Europe consulted both FIT and VLAIO on the various government support options for sustainable energy investments in Flanders. It’s safe to say that the company’s clear choice for sustainability makes its products and production methods a perfect match with Flanders’ energy ecosystem. We strongly welcome this exciting new investment!”  

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Fuji Oil EuropeNorth Sea Port Ghent
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20 May 2020

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