ENGIE Fabricom builds largest solar park in Benelux

In October 2018, ENGIE Fabricom will start with the construction of the Kristal Solar Park in Lommel, an initiative of the Limburg investment company LRM, the city of Lommel and Nyrstar. With a capacity of 99 MWp, it will be the largest solar park in the Benelux region.

The Kristal Solar Park will be built on and around the premises of the Kristalpark III business park in Lommel. The total surface area will be equivalent to 200 football pitches, on which 300,000 solar panels and 2,200 km of cables will be installed. The park will be directly connected to the nearby Nyrstar production site. To start with, Nyrstar will purchase all of the electricity generated; companies that set up at the business park later on will also get the opportunity to connect.

Mark Dirckx, General Manager of ENGIE Fabricom, is delighted: “ENGIE Fabricom came out on top from the request for quotation. We are perfectly placed to successfully build this facility and connect it directly to Nyrstar’s network. We will also maintain the solar park once it’s built. This is a fantastic project that fits perfectly with the UP movement, initiated by ENGIE, whereby we want to implement solutions that, among other things, help to promote sustainable mobility, enhance safety and increase the share of renewable energy.”

Stijn Bijnens, CEO of LRM: “A lot of European EPC contractors were interested in this contract. The bids we received were very competitive in terms of content and price. Thanks to the request for quotation, we were able to optimise the construction and maintenance costs.”

Peter Vanvelthoven, mayor of Lommel, concludes: “This solar park can generate enough green energy to supply all the homes in Lommel, Neerpelt and Overpelt. Construction begins on October 1, 2018 and will take nine months, meaning that the park will be able to supply energy as from the summer of 2019. We are proud that Lommel will be home to this solar park. The initiative perfectly suits the city’s slogan: ‘Pure Energy’"