Improving sustainability at Olam Food Ingredients factory

Olam food fabriek

The project

Olam Food Ingredients, based in Koog aan de Zaan, aims to reduce the gas consumption of its cocoa factory by fifty percent by burning its cocoa shells in a biomass installation. In addition, the number of transport movements will be significantly reduced.


Iv provided the engineering for all utilities and the building for this project, including a new high-voltage transformer and power connections for the boiler and associated equipment. In addition, Iv supplied an integrated, optimised design and all project management, procurement assistance, and construction management.

The challenge

The construction of the project in the marshy Zaan region presented design and planning challenges. The main challenge during construction was meeting the client’s tight schedule and working on a very confined construction site, commonly referred to as the ‘postage stamp’ on the work floor.

The impact

The biomass installation will significantly reduce the cocoa factory’s gas consumption. By reducing the number of transport movements, a reduction in the consumption of fossil fuels will also be achieved.

Curious about the possibilities for your project?

Ralf, managing director Industry, would be delighted to discuss this with you! Get in touch via +31 88 943 3700 or send a message. 

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