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Valmet to supply automation services to seven Dalkia biomass plants in France

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has revealed that it has been selected to supply automation services to seven Dalkia power plants in France for the next five years. The agreements cover the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg. The service agreements are a step forward in the cooperation between Dalkia and Valmet.

Commissioned in 2013, the 10 MWe Dalkia Rennes biomass power is implementing Valmet DNA Advanced Process Control (APC) system (photo courtesy Groupe Legendre).

Dalkia, a subsidiary of the EDF Group, is one of the leading providers of energy services in France, and offers its clients tailor-made solutions scaled to fit each building, city, municipality, region and industrial site. The company is France’s leading operator of wood fired power plants and uses close to two million tonnes of biomass per annum.

I have been working with Valmet DNA system since its first implementation in Dalkia’s Facture power plant. The system has proven to be reliable and very user-friendly for the plant operators. In order to maintain the optimum performance level of the system, we decided to sign service agreements on the global level for all Dalkia plants running with Valmet DNA. In addition, we are implementing Valmet DNA Advanced Process Control (APC) in our Dalkia Rennes plant, said Laurent François, plant director of Dalkia Rennes.

Dalkia’s first Valmet DNA system was delivered in 2010 to the Facture biomass power plant with Valmet BFB boiler. Being satisfied with the Valmet automation system, Dalkia chose to equip six new biomass plants also with Valmet DNA.

Valmet has been cooperating with Dalkia for about 8 years. I’m very proud that with this agreement, Dalkia shows their continued confidence in our services. Our long-term partnership and life cycle services are a key success factor for Dalkia and the company’s very specific policy to standardize the automation systems and related services of the biomass power plants in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg, said Hédi Azzouz, Valmet’s Country Manager of Automation business line, France and North Africa.

The scope of the initial Valmet service agreements included services such as maintenance visits, remote access, on-call support and software upgrade service in the frame of Valmet DNA Perfect life.

The new agreements will include the roadmap to upgrade the whole system on each site once during the five years’ contract to ensure a state-of-the art, reliable and up-to-date platform for Dalkia to operate their plants.

The value of the agreement has not been disclosed.

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