Judge bans Sabic biomass facility in Bergen op Zoom


The Netherlands – The judge has halted chemical company Sabic’s intentions to construct a biomass power plant in Bergen op Zoom.

The nitrogen rights that Sabic has not yet used for the power plant are not permitted, according to the Den Bosch court’s ruling.

On the basis of these “latent rights,” the province of Brabant issued an environmental and natural permission. The judge, however, rules that the business cannot simply use its lapsed rights for new investments.

New strategy

In 2025, Sabic aimed to put the biomass plant into operation. The corporation intended to use the energy produced to replace the fossil fuels now used to run the manufacturing. The plastics manufacturer must now find a new strategy to meet climate goals.