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Steinmüller Babcock Environment led consortium wins Vilnius contract

Germany-headed Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, part of Japan-headed Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd has announced that a consortium led by the company has been awarded the contract by UAB Vilniaus kogeneracinė jėgainė, a subsidiary of state-owned energy utility Lietuvos Energija, to build a biomass and waste-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Vilnius, Lithuania.

The ceremonial contract signing for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant took place in the Lithuanian capital Vilnius and was attended by representatives of the customer along with the Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevičius and other “high-ranking and distinguished guests” from politics, administration and business including the Permanent Representative of the Federal Republic of Germany, Michael Morgenstern (photo courtesy Steinmüller Babcock Environment).

According to a statement, the convincing argument of the consortium led by Steinmüller Babcock Environment with the partners Poland-based Budimex S.A. and Lithuanian company Kauno dujotiekio statyba was its technical expertise and the development of a customised solution – enabling it to “do justice to the high status” associated with the project. The project has been classified as a “project of national economic significance” by the Lithuanian Government and is being co-funded by the European Union (EU).

Waste and biomass

The whole project comprises the construction of a total of three lines to generate electricity and district heating: a waste incineration line with grate technology (Lot 1) as well as two biomass lines with fluidised bed (FB) technology (Lot 2).

The contract of the consortium led by Steinmüller Babcock Environment for Lot 1, with an order value of some EUR 180 million, contains not only the complete waste incineration line, which also includes a connection to an existing mechanical-biological treatment plant, but also all higher-level systems for the entire plant.

Scope of supply

Within the consortium, the delivery share to be provided by Steinmüller Babcock Environment comprises the complete process technology for the waste incineration – beginning with the waste input via the combustion system, the boiler, the flue gas cleaning and the flue gas condensation through to the chimney. Furthermore, the feedwater system, the process control system and the medium and low-voltage switchgear are also included.

The Polish construction company Budimex will undertake the construction part as well as the water-steam cycle and the high-voltage connection. The Lithuanian company Kauno dujotiekio statyba will be responsible for the local planning, the district heating pipelines and the connection to the external infrastructure.

The cogeneration plant, designed for a high degree of efficiency, will help to save on fossil fuels by the thermal recycling of the waste and ensure the future supply of electricity (90 MW) and district heating (230 MW) to the population of the region.

For Steinmüller Babcock Environment this project provides yet again the opportunity to “demonstrate its turnkey expertise” in international plant construction, in 2013 it commissioned an energy-from-waste (EfW) plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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