PepsiCo will make Cheetos and Lay’s crisps with Dutch green electricity

AMSTERDAM, Oct 7 (Reuters) – PepsiCo on Friday announced plans to phase out the use of natural gas at a plant in the Netherlands and adopt a system based on renewable electricity to make its fried snacks in a first industry which, according to Pepsi, could become a model.

The project in the Dutch town of Broek op Langedijk, where Pepsi manufactures 1.6 million bags of Lay’s crisps and Cheetos a year, will replace 4.5 million cubic meters of gas a year, saving 8,500 tonnes carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing natural gas consumption has become a priority in the Netherlands as Russia cut supplies to Europe and gas prices have quintupled.

The system uses electrical resistance to transform electricity into heat, a heat storage system and heat transfer to circulate the thermal oil that powers the plant’s fryers.

This will replace a 25 megawatt gas boiler at the plant in the first phase, cutting emissions in half.

“If it works, we can replicate it in other places around the world,” Pepsi spokesman Japo Ouwerkerk said.

Dutch energy company Eneco, owned by Mitsubishi, provides electricity from nearby solar and wind farms. German Kraftblock manufactures the heat storage system.

Construction at Broek op Langedijk, 90 kilometers north of Amsterdam, is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. (Reporting by Toby Sterling Editing by Nick Zieminski)

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