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KPA Unicon selected for Suur-Savon Sähkö biomass plant renewal

Energy utility Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy has contracted KPA Unicon Oy to supply a 5 MW biomass-fired heat plant to Rantasalmi, Finland.

Finnish energy utility Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy has announced that it has contracted KPA Unicon Oy, a Finland-based energy technology supplier, to supply a 5 MW biomass-fired heat plant to Rantasalmi, Finland. The new plant will replace an existing biomass boiler facility that has been in operation since 1980. Estimated to be commissioned in autumn 2017, the project will begin immediately with foundation and civil works to commence in spring 2017. The value of the turnkey contract has not been disclosed.

Located in Susimäki industrial park, the current plant provides district heat to Rantasalmi downtown area and process heat to Savopak Oy’s factory. As fuel the plant uses local forest chips and residuals from the Savopak Oy packaging plant as well as from other local wood processing industries. The new replacement plant will use the same type of fuels ensuring that the share of biomass used in Rantasalmi’s heat production will continue to be close to 100 percent.

– This project in Rantasalmi is a replacement investment that will ensure heat production with local biofuels far into the future. The new technology will improve heat production’s efficiency and decrease emissions caused by the plant, said Heikki Tirkkonen, Business Director of Suur-Savon Sähkö Oy in a statement.

The scope of delivery includes Unicon Biograte grate boiler with auxiliary equipment, fuel receiving station and fuel feeding to boiler, flue gas cleaning systems, stack, new boiler house as well as plant electrification, instrumentation and automation. Some of the new plant’s equipment will be located in the existing boiler house.

– The plant will be delivered to Rantasalmi mostly as prefabricated modules manufactured in the Kiuruvesi workshop with the necessary equipment already in place. This modular Unicon Biograte plant enables cost efficient and high quality Cleantech solution. Finnish energy professionals do most of the installation work indoors, in workshop conditions. With the new plant, heat production in Rantasalmi can be executed more effectively and by utilizing domestic fuels in a sustainable way, said Olli-Pekka Aarnio, Sales Manager of KPA Unicon.


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