China-headed biomass combustion technology providers DP CleanTech Group has recently announced that its Thailand office has signed an EPC(M) contract for a new 9.5MWe biomass power plant in Uttaradit Province, north of the capital, Bangkok. The plant is owned by Uttaradit Green Power Co. Ltd - a consortium composed of Thai rice milling companies and the well-established Independent Power Producer (IPP) Phichit Biopower, which owns and operates a similar plant.
According to a statement, Phichit Biopower will operate the Uttaradit plant under the conditions of the Thai government’s VSPP programme, which has supported the development of renewable energy from locally sourced biomass and other renewable sources. The plant will be fired using either rice husks or woodchips – up to 100 percent of each or a mixture of these fuels.
For this flexible fuel requirement, DP’s MaxMulti HTHP solution has already been proven in over 100 plants worldwide and is particularly suitable for complex, corrosive fuels such as rice husk and straw. For the new plant, DP will supply the boiler island including fuel feeding, combustion, boiler, and flue gas treatment on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) basis and will also provide an EPCM service for the balance of plant.
We have been working closely with the Uttaradit Green Power Consortium for some time to ensure that our technology solution and the project economics are absolutely right in the long term for the owners and the local community. We are delighted that we are now able to move forward and work with them to bring this project to reality, said Steven Christopher, DP’s Managing Director for Thailand.
Phichit Biopower’s Managing Director Khun Jirayuth Waiwarawuth was one of the key individuals in this project development.
The consortium has continually focused on ensuring that all aspects of the project are properly in place. Throughout our planning and selection process, the DP CleanTech team has demonstrated a commitment to meeting our vision and our specific requirements and we are very pleased to continue this positive working relationship, said Khun Jirayuth Waiwarawuth.
The project is DP’s second plant in Thailand, the first being the pioneering “all-coconut-waste” combustion plant in Mahachai. It will be Phichit Biopower’s second operation in Thailand.