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KPA Unicon to supply 18 MW biomass heat plant for Kemi district heating

Finland-headed combustion technology providers KPA Unicon Oy has announced that it has been awarded a contract by compatriot municipal energy company Kemin Energia ja Vesi Oy to supply an 18 MW biomass-fired heat plant to Kemi, northern Finland. The plant will provide district heating for Kemi and will act as the main heating plant together with an existing powerplant during summer and winter periods.

KPA Unicon Oy been awarded a contract by Kemin Energia ja Vesi Oy to supply an 18 MW biomass-fired heat plant to Kemi, northern Finland. The plant will provide district heating for Kemi and will act as the main heating plant together with an existing powerplant during summer and winter periods (image courtesy KPA Unicon).

According to a statement, construction of the plant has begun in the industrial area of Karjalahti in Kemi, with the plant commissioning expected by spring 2021. The plant will provide district heating for the area of Kemi and will act as the main heating plant together with an existing powerplant during summer and winter periods.

The main fuel of the plant will be local woodchips although the use of other wood-based biomass sources will be taken into account.

During contract negotiations, we were impressed by KPA Unicon’s expertise, domestic concept, and good references. When the new heating plant is completed, the carbon dioxide emissions of our heat production will be reduced to one-third of the current level, due to the replacement of peat with wood fuels. Our financier also appreciated the energy efficiency and positive environmental impact of our project, as we received a loan for the heating plant as green financing, said Anne Salo-Oja, CEO of Kemin Energia ja Vesi Oy.

The scope of supply, the value of which has not been disclosed, contains equipment for solid fuel handling, a Biograte 18 MW boiler with accessories, electric- and automation systems, flue gas cleaning- and heat recovery systems, installation and commissioning.

The operating efficiency of the plant will be increased considerably by installing a 5 MW flue gas cleaning and energy recovery system, that recovers extra heat energy from the flue gas. A two-year maintenance agreement for the plant was also signed at the same time.

The agreement allows the customer to focus on its core business while KPA Unicon is in charge of the plant maintenance.

It is an honour to be able to implement Kemi’s new clean energy solution using local fuels. We are also delighted with the maintenance agreement, said Jukka-Pekka Kovanen, CEO of KPA Unicon.

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