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KPA Unicon receives first biomass steam boiler order from New Zealand

Finland-headed combustion technology providers KPA Unicon Oy has announced that it has received an order to supply a 15 MW biomass-fired steam boiler plant to dairy major Danone’s Nutricia spray drying facility located on New Zealand's South Island."With this project, we will enter into a completely new geographic market. The project will be a great reference that verifies our performance. This way we can grow in New Zealand and elsewhere in Oceania," said Arttu Laitinen, KAM at KPA Unicon.

Finnish combustion technology providers KPA Unicon is to supply a 15 MW biomass-fired steam boiler plant to dairy major Danone’s Nutricia spray drying facility in Balclutha on New Zealand's South Island (image courtesy KPA Unicon).
Finnish combustion technology providers KPA Unicon is to supply a 15 MW biomass-fired steam boiler plant to dairy major Danone’s Nutricia spray drying facility in Balclutha on New Zealand’s South Island (image courtesy KPA Unicon).

According to a statement, the delivery of the boiler plant includes all process equipment, buildings, and installation. The new 15 MWth steam generating plant will supply 21 tonnes-per-hour (TPH) of saturated steam for the milk powder process. The plant uses locally produced sustainable wood fuel.

The core of the plant is an Unicon Renefluid fluidized bed (FB) boiler designed to utilize energy sources of varying quality. According to Pentti Savolainen, Project Manager from KPA Unicon, the contract was based on good experiences with KPA Unicon´s modern, high-efficiency fluidized bed technology and project deliveries in Central Europe.

In addition, emission control and flexible response to our customer’s load changes were counted as our strengths, Savolainen said.

Located in Balclutha, South Island, the Nutricia spray-drying plant processes raw milk sourced from local farms into a powder that is used as the basis of infant milk formula. Steam production plays an important role in the process: the conversion of milk into a dry powder is done by heat.

The new biomass steam generating plant will reduce the spray drying plant’s emissions by about 20 000 tonnes per year. In addition to the plant delivery, KPA Unicon and Danone have entered into a separate service agreement whereby KPA Unicon will provide annual maintenance services. T

The new plant will also have the capability to be connected to KPA Unicon’s service center in Haapavesi, Finland. From the service center, KPA Unicon can remotely monitor the plant and anticipate the need for maintenance.

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