E.ON plans construction of biomass CHP plant at UPM Hürth paper mill
In Germany, energy utility major E.ON has revealed that it is planning to build a biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant on a paper mill site in Hürth provided by Finland-headed forest industry major UPM. The new CHP plant is designed for a thermal firing capacity of 87 MW and with an electrical output of 20 MW.
According to a statement, E.ON is planning to invest around EUR 110 million in the project that could create more than 30 new jobs. In addition to supplying heat to UPM’s Hürth paper mill, the plant will feed renewable electricity into the grid and thus contribute to the energy transition, climate protection and the stability of the German power grid.
Together with UPM, we will demonstrate that it’s possible to supply an energy-intensive industrial company with an economical and reliable CO2-neutral energy supply. We will be contributing our experience and mature technology to the partnership. UPM and E.ON will thus set an example of climate-friendly energy supply for industry that goes far beyond the paper industry, said E.ON Board member Karsten Wildberger.
E.ON will obtain the fuel, residual wood, from the regional environment. The plant is scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2022.
The new supply would significantly reduce UPM Hürth’s CO2 footprint. The project supports the long-term phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany. The new plant ensures a stable and economically predictable supply of heat to the site and would make our production cycle in Hürth, which is already based on 100 percent recovered paper, even more sustainable, said Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President, UPM Communication Papers.
Both companies are already cooperating at UPM’s site in Plattling, Bavaria. E.ON supplies the paper mill there with a highly efficient gas and steam power plant. E.ON also operates industrial-scale biomass power and CHP plants in the UK and Sweden.
Headquartered in Germany, UPM Communication Papers is a subsidiary of Finland-headed UPM and a world’s leading producer of graphic papers, offering an extensive product range for advertising and publishing as well as home and office uses.