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Valmet to deliver biomass fuel feeding system to Babelan Power Station in Indonesia

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a new biomass fuel feeding system for one of the circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boilers owned and operated by PT. Cikarang Listrindo Tbk (Cikarang Listrindo) at its coal-fired Babelan Power Station in Indonesia.

Valmet will supply a new biomass fuel feeding system for one of the two circulating fluidized bed
(CFB) boilers owned and operated by PT. Cikarang Listrindo Tbk (Cikarang Listrindo) at its coal
fired Babelan Power Station in Indonesia (photo courtesy Cikarang Listrindo).

Located in Bekasi Regency, Indonesia, PT. Cikarang Listrindo Tbk is the longest-operating Independent Power Producer (IPP) in Indonesia. Cikarang Listrindo started its initial operation in 1993, with 60 MW gas-fired capacity, and has grown to 1 144 MW installed capacity across three power plants, the most recent of which is the 280 MW coal-fired Babelan Power Station commissioned in  2017.

Cikarang Listrindo currently serves over 2 400 companies in five industrial estates and Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PLN), the Indonesian state electricity company.

Co-fire coal with biomass

Cikarang Listrindo plans to utilize renewable fuels in its power generation process by modifying one of the two existing coal-fired CFB boilers, also originally supplied by Valmet, at its 280 MW Babelan Power Station. The modification of the CFB Unit 1 is part of Cikarang Listrindo’s renewable energy development program.

Valmet’s delivery scope includes engineering, supply, and erection of a new biomass fuel feeding system for the CFB Unit 1. The first installation works were conducted in June 2020 and the commissioning of the complete biofuel feeding system is scheduled by the end of the year 2020. The value of the order has not been disclosed.

We have been cooperating with Cikarang Listrindo since 2013 with our CFB technology, automation, and services. Valmet’s proven technology for renewable energy as well as the experience and trust gained over the past years were key factors for receiving the order for the biofuel upgrade of Babelan CFB Unit 1. This delivery is a continuation of our long-standing cooperation, said Fredrik Wilgotson, Vice President, Pulp and Energy, Asia Pacific, Valmet.

After the modification, it will be possible to replace up to 20 percent of the coal with biomass for power generation. Palm kernel shells (PKS) will be used in the beginning, and other biomass options will be taken into consideration later.

The investment is part of Cikarang Listrindo’s initiative for greener energy production and environmentally friendlier operation by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The target is to reduce carbon footprint and serve its end-customers to reach their sustainability objectives with green energy.

Sustainability is one of the cornerstones of our strategy. We have targeted for highly efficient electricity production and low emissions from the very beginning. This project is one of the company’s strategic steps towards greener energy production, said Sami Sivola, Station Manager at Cikarang Listrindo’s Babelan Power Station.

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