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Valmet and Uni Viridas renew cooperation with 10-year O&M deal

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it has signed a ten-year operation and maintenance (O&M) agreement with Uni Viridas d.o.o., a special-purpose entity of Unit Investment N.V. for the biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Babina Greda, Croatia.

Dr Markus Bolhar-Nordenkampf, Director, Energy Sales and Services, CEN, Valmet (centre) here seen discussing Vienna’s public tram service during Valmet’s 2018 Customer Days in Austria, has good reason to be pleased. The company has signed a 10-year operations and maintenance (O&M) extension agreement with Uni Viridas for its biomass CHP plant in Croatia.

The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, represents a renewal of cooperation between the companies that started in 2011. In 2015 Valmet began to operate and maintain (O&M) the biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant on behalf of the customer, a plant that was originally supplied by Valmet.

It was a milestone for Valmet to begin to operate its first constructed power plant for the customer in 2015. In principle, the customer delivers the fuel and sells heat and electricity. Valmet takes care of everything else 365 days a year. The cooperation with Uni Viridas has been excellent and continuing it is a win-win solution, said Dr Markus Bolhar-Nordenkampf, Director, Energy Sales and Services, CEN, Valmet.

According to a statement, Valmet has been able to fulfill the expectations of the customer, and the plant’s availability has exceeded agreed targets. For example, there have been minimal unplanned outages and low flue gas emissions, and efficient boiler operations at low fuel and water consumption have been demonstrated.

In addition, there has not been any LTIF (Lost Time Injury Frequency) or reports from environmental incidents.

After Valmet’s excellent performance for the last three years, it was only logical to continue this cooperation for the next ten years, said Alkin Yaman, Strategy & Business Development Manager of Unit Group in Istanbul.

Valmet and Uni Viridas will continue their cooperation and maximize the plant’s performance until 2029. The biomass CHP plant, delivered by Valmet, is a fluidized bed (FB) boiler – BiowerPower 8 – a plant with an electrical output of up to 10 MWe and a heat output of up to 16 MWth. The plant uses forest wood and woodchips as fuel.

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