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SHI secures order for 75MW biomass CFB boiler in Japan

Japan-headed Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd (SHI) has announced that it has secured an order from compatriot JGC Japan Corporation, part of JGC Group, for a 75 MW class biomass power boiler planned for Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Energy GK in Ishinomaki-shi, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan.

Being jointly developed by RENOVA, Inc, Tokyo Gas Co., Ltd, United Purpose Management Inc., and Mizuho Leasing Co., Ltd through Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Energy GK, the biomass-fired boiler facility will use wood pellets and palm kernel shells (PKS) as its primary fuels. JGC Japan Corporation, which operates the domestic engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) business of the JGC Group was awarded the EPC contract by the project consortium.

Using SHI’s and its subsidiary Sumitomo SHI FW (SFW) circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler technology, the plant is designed to be a “high-efficiency” dedicated biomass combustion power plant that utilizes a reheating system. The scheduled commercial operation of the plant is set for May 2023.

With over 500 references globally, SHI’s CFB boilers are capable of burning a wide range of fuels and, the company says, command an overwhelming market share in the field of high-efficiency biomass power generation. It was the recognition of this track record that led to a successful introduction at this plant, the value of which has not been disclosed.

An artist’s rendering of the Ishinomaki Hibarino Biomass Power Plant in Japan (image courtesy RENOVA).

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