Veolia acquires Hungary-based Ajka power plant

By Erin Voegele | January 12, 2018

Veolia recently acquired Bakonyi Erőmű Zrt., which operates the Hungary-based Ajka power plant. The facility fires biomass and coal to produce electricity, residential district heat and industrial steam.

On Jan. 9, Veolia announced its Hungarian division is screening the Ajka plant in an effort to create a plan to improve the facility. The company said its aims for the plant to be fueled with the highest portion of biomass possible, and is looking to implement efficiency-enhancing solutions that can eliminate the formation of dust and fly ash.

According to Veolia, the acquisition is part of the long-term strategy of its Hungarian division to be a long-term investor in the country’s district heating market. The group said it is currently present at more than 250 residential sites in Hungary and provides for district heating of more than 12,000 homes in 11 cities while indirectly generating thermal energy for more than 100,000 residential and institutional customers.