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Hekotek awarded EPC for Latvian pellet plant project

Estonia-headed wood processing technology provider AS Hekotek has announced it has concluded an agreement to supply a turnkey wood pellet plant to compatriot renewable power project developer and operator Nelja Energia AS (4 Energia) for its subsidiary Pellet 4Energia SIA in Brocēni, Latvia. The plant will have an annual design capacity of 120 000 tonnes and will use both sawmill residuals and low-grade pulpwood purchased from the local market.

In August 2015, Swedish energy utility Uddevalla Energi inaugurated its wood pellet plant that was supplied by Hekotek. This included belt dryers from Stela Laxhuber.

According to Hekotek, the “efficiency of the advanced technological solutions” that the company has applied in this project have already been proved in the previously realized projects. A debarking line will be produced by Hekotek in cooperation with Canada-headed Savico, whereas chipping units will be supplied by Sweden-headed BRUKS.

The pelletizing line will be equipped with a single 4.5 tonne-per-hour pellet press from Netherlands-headed CPM Europe and a belt-dryer from Germany-headed Stela-Laxhuber GmbH. The remaining conveyor systems, silos and other components will be constructed by Hekotek in Estonia.

Besides, as a general supplier of the project, Hekotek assumes responsibility for the complete delivery of the pellet plant, including equipment installation, commissioning and the soonest possible start-up of the pellet production facility.

Although the value of the entire order has not been disclosed, the project received 35 percent co-funding from the Norwegian Financial Mechanism Norway Grants towards the dryer installation pegged at EUR 1.9 million.

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