Germany-based boiler manufacturer Standardkessel Baumgarte GmbH (SBG), a subsidiary of Japan-headed JFE Engineering Corporation (JFEE) has announced that it has recently received an order for a Waste to Energy (WtE) power plant in Kaunas, Lithuania. The new plant will be the largest WtE facility in the country. The order is for one set of incinerator and boiler equipment, the main core equipment of the plant.
In Lithuania, most municipal solid waste (MSW) was buried in landfills, but in recent years, landfill disposal has become an urgent issue due to a shortage of landfill site capacity, EU regulations and tightened environmental policy of the country. In addition, WtE heat and power plants have attracted heightened interest because this technology enables effective utilization of the heat generated when waste is incinerated.
The recent order placed with SBG is for a WtE plant planned by UAB Kauno Kogeneracinė Jėgainė (KKJ), a special purpose entity that was established with joint financing by Lietuvos Energija, a state-owned energy company and UAB Fortum Heat Lietuva, a subsidiary of Finland-headed energy utility major Fortum Oyj.
The 70 MWth and 24 MWe plant will have the capacity to treat up to 300 000 tonnes per annum of municipal and industrial waste together with sludge from water treatment facilities with one furnace and will supply electricity and heat for district heating to the city of Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania.
According to JFE Engineering, SBG has successfully engineered and constructed more than 100 WtE plants in its company history. In addition to this track record, SBG also received “high marks” for its boiler technology, which makes it possible to generate high temperature and high-pressure steam by using waste as fuel, a necessary condition for high-efficiency power generation, leading to the recent order.
In the future, the JFE Engineering Group will promote proposals for WtE plants in countries around the world based on the total capabilities of the Group.