Bio Base Europe Training Centre on Track for 2011 Opening
Bio Base Europe, the Biopark Terneuzen and Ghent Bio-Energy Valley joint initiative launched in April 2009, has said its new bio-focused Training Centre is on course to open in early 2011. The Bio Base Europe initiative will be the first of its kind to include both a Pilot Plant and a Training Centre dedicated to bio-based industry and aims to support and accelerate the development of a sustainable bio-based economy in Europe. It is the largest Interreg project ever granted to the Dutch-Flemish border region and is set to transform the region into the main bio-economy gateway in Europe.
Representing an investment of 8 million euros, the Bio Base Europe Training Centre will house the facilities and expertise to provide education and training for process operators, and is intended to become Europe’s leading knowledge centre on the bio-based industry. It will also focus on promoting and enhancing public awareness of bio-based technology and its contribution to society.
The new Training Centre is jointly co-funded by Interreg IV (the European Union interregional development programme), the Flemish (BE) government, and the Dutch government and Terneuzen local authorities. It will be based in Terneuzen, The Netherlands, and is on course to be operational by the first quarter of 2011.