The two municipalities of Holstebro and Struer originally took the initiative to establish MEC BioHeat&Power (then called ”Måbjergværket”, named after the rural area Måbjerg located between the two towns) when drawing up plans for district heating. This plant was to supply the two main towns Holstebro and Struer as well as a number of smaller surrounding communities.
From the very beginning, the plant was ahead of its time, for instance with regard to impact on climate; today it contributes to the positive climate impact reports that characterize both municipalities. Both the planning and the plant have received several national and international prizes for their farsightedness.
Vestkraft I/S – which was a joint cooperation between municipal- and user-owned supply companies in West Jutland (Thy and Mors) – was the pioneer for ”Måbjergværket” in April 1991, and as early as January 1993 the plant began operating.
At that stage it cost about 600 million DKK to construct the plant Måbjergværket. Today, building a similar plant would cost more than a billion DKK.
In 1999 Vestkraft was turned into a shareholding company, and the following year the company merged with other power stations to form Elsam A/S. During the big energy merger of 2006, Måbjergværket, along with other plants, was taken over by the state-owned DONG Energy A/S.
In summer 2015 the CHP plant reverted to local ownership, and five in seven shares are now owned by the supply company in Holstebro “Vestforsyning”, while Struer Forsyning owns the remaining two-sevenths.
Today the plant supplies 28 megawatts of electricity, which corresponds to the consumption of 40 000 households, and 84-110 megajoules / second of district heating, corresponding to the heat consumption of 16-22 000 single-family houses.
Here is a short overview of the technical development of the plant.