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BMH Technology to supply biomass handling to Portugal

BMH Technology to supply biomass handling to Portugal
The Navigator Setúbal Industrial Complex in Setúbal, Portugal (photo courtesy The Navigator Company).

Finland-headed material handling and size reduction specialist BMH Technology Oy has announced that it has signed a contract with Navigator Pulp Setúbal S.A. part of Portugal-headed forest industry major The Navigator Company for the delivery and installation of a wood fines handling system at the pulp mill in Setúbal, Portugal.

Located on the Mitrena peninsula, near the city of Setúbal, Portugal, the Navigator Setúbal Industrial Complex is home to a pulp mill and two paper mills.

With an annual capacity to produce around 550,000 tonnes of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP), the Navigator Pulp Setúbal pulp mill is one of the largest of its kind in Europe.

The entire production is used by the two Navigator paper mills at the Setúbal site that combined have an annual paper production capacity of around 775,000 tonnes.

The Setúbal Industrial Complex also includes a fossil gas cogeneration plant, a biomass cogeneration plant, and a biomass power station.

Wood fines handling system

A key step in Navigator’s decarbonization roadmap is to reduce the use of fossil fuels at its Setúbal Industrial Complex.

To this end, BMH Technology has been contracted for the delivery and installation of a wood fines handling system as part of an effort to convert one of the gas-fired lime kilns to biomass.

The main driver for the project is to reduce the consumption of fossil gas which is a major source of emissions and represents a significant portion of production costs.

The project aims to convert the normal operation of the existing Lime Kiln 1, making it entirely independent of fossil fuels. This solution aims to eventually make the lime kiln operation 100 percent fossil-free.

The delivery includes the design, manufacture, erection, and commissioning of an external fuel handling system for wood fines. The system consists of receiving station, storage silo, grinding mill, and pneumatic piping to feed the powder silo.

We have seen an Increased demand for these solutions which will help to decarbonize Industries and BMH is taking a lead on this to set a valuable reference for the whole industry, said Marcos Arizti, Sales Manager at BMH Technology.

The system will be delivered and installed in 2024 and the facility will be taken over in 2025.

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