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KPA Unicon to supply biomass CHP plant to Grubišno Polje, Croatia

KPA Unicon Oy has announced that it has signed a contract with Energostatik d.o.o for the supply of a 7.2 MWth and 5 MWe biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant to Grubišno Polje in Croatia. Using woody biomass, the plant will supply electricity to the national power grid and heat to the nearby wood processing plant.

Kari Liukko, Energy Business Director of KPA Unicon Oy. The company has received an order for a 7.2 MWth and 5 MWe biomass-fired heat and power plant (CHP) to Croatia.

Finland-headed boiler and combustion technology solution providers KPA Unicon Oy has announced that has signed an agreement with Energostatik d.o.o, a Croatia-based special purpose entity (SPE) owned by France-headed independent renewable power producer Akuo Energy SAS for the supply of a Unicon Altius 7.2 MWth and 5 MWe biomass combined heat and power plant to Grubišno Polje in Croatia.

KPA Unicon’s bioenergy solutions cover a wide range of combustion technologies and services. Akuo Energy opted for KPA Unicon’s customer-oriented approach and standardized combustion technology solution. Akuo Energy also wanted us to take responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the plant. We are very pleased about the trust demonstrated by Akuo Energy, and in this project, we see a number of goals in line with our international strategy, said Kari Liukko, Energy Business Director of KPA Unicon.

According to a statement, KPA Unicon will supply the plant on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) turnkey contract basis. The scope of supply includes design, civil engineering and foundation work, building, steel structures, all main and process equipment, installation work, commissioning and training of the personal.

14-year off-takes, supply, and O&M contracts

The plant design is based on KPA Unicon’s Biograte combustion technology and the contract also includes a high-tech PlantSys system which enables remote support, operation and monitoring of the plant. The parties have also agreed on a 14-year operation and maintenance (O&M) contract.

As a project developer, it was crucial to Akuo Energy to choose an EPC partner who can support project development with economical technology, efficient plant performance, and project delivery capabilities. We value KPA Unicon’s customer-oriented solution and way of working. In addition to the plant delivery, we wanted to ensure long term operation of the plant by using KPA Unicon´s operation and maintenance capabilities, said Emil Bakic, Director of Akuo Energy MED.

The Energostatik plant will use woody biomass as fuel and 46 000 tonnes per annum, about 91 percent of the annual requirement, will be supplied by Hrvatske Šume, the Croation forest agency under a 14-year supply contract. The electricity from the 5 MWe plant will be supplied to the grid under a 14-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with the national power company HEP. The heat will be supplied to the nearby Sirocco wood processing plant also under a 14-year off-take agreement.

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