In Russia, OOO KPA Unicon, a subsidiary of Finland-headed biomass combustion technology providers KPA Unicon Group Oy, and Sokol Timber Company JSC (S-DOK), a subsidiary of Russian forest industry major Segezha Group, have signed a turnkey delivery agreement for the design and
construction of Unicon Biograte steam boiler plant in the city of Sokol.
According to a statement, the biomass steam boiler plant will generate steam for the sawmill`s process and have a capacity of 20 tonnes per hour. The project, the value of which has not been disclosed, is being funded by Segezha Group.
The boiler plant will utilize bark biomass as fuel, which is produced as a waste stream at the sawmill – approximately 60 000 m3 annually.
It is good to see that the Russian market is showing signs of cheering up. Our activity with the customers during the quiet period is now bearing fruit and we see that Finnish energy technology is still valued in Russia, said Sergei Krylov, Russian Business Development Manager at KPA Unicon.
According to Krylov, the environmentally friendly Biograte boiler has a high efficiency of approximately 90 percent and is, therefore, an “excellent choice for burning bark and biomass with varying humidity and calorific values”.
The Unicon Biograte boiler will be manufactured in the Kiuruvesi workshop in Finland and delivery is to take place in autumn 2021.
The production of biofuels from renewable energy sources and the improvement of energy efficiency are important elements for the sustainable development of the company, said Alexander Patarushin, Director of the Modernization Project at Sokol Timber.