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Valmet to supply automation technology to two Steinmüller Babcock Environment energy plant projects

Finland-headed energy and forest industry technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it will deliver turnkey automation solutions to two new energy plants currently under development by Steinmüller Babcock Environment GmbH, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) company that is leading the construction for both projects. A new combined heat and power (CHP) plant will be built in Vilnius, Lithuania, and a waste treatment facility in San Sebastian, Spain.

Valmet will deliver turnkey automation solutions to two new energy plants currently under development in Vilnius, Lithuania and San Sebastian, Spain by Steinmüller Babcock Environment. An artist’s rendering of the biomass and waste-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Vilnius (image courtesy Lietuvos Energija).

The Vilnius project consists of two biomass boilers and one waste-to-energy line, while the San Sebastian project encompasses two waste-to-energy (WTE) lines. Valmet acts as the automation supplier to Steinmüller Babcock Environment, part of the Japanese company Nippon Steel & Sumikin Engineering Co., Ltd that chose Valmet because it is a well-known supplier of automation solutions with a solid track record of established customers in the waste-to-energy (WtE) and biomass-to-energy (BtE) sectors.

According to Valmet, its “decades-long experience in automation, profound project management know-how, as well as local service capabilities” were among the key drivers to be selected as a supplier. Steinmüller Babcock Environment also had had good experience of working with Valmet, acting as a lot supplier, from a previous project in 2014 – the Tammervoima waste-to-energy plant in Tampere, Finland.

A well proven distributed control system is among the most important packages in any modern plant. Today, it’s the brain of the whole facility; there are no processes running without it. For our customers, it is essential to make sure the automation solution they select is efficient and reliable at all times, said Johann Hilgers, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Valmet says it is not only a solution provider but also a “good partner” that helps EPCs execute projects from engineering up to commissioning. The company’s vast experience in working with WtE and BtE plants makes it an ideal partner in finding the most appropriate solutions during the engineering phase.The value of the orders has not been disclosed.

We are delighted to welcome Steinmüller Babcock Environment as our customer and work with them on the new automation projects in Vilnius and San Sebastian. To master any possible challenges, we’ll be working closely together. We are glad that our modern and versatile automation solutions will help the regions to reduce greenhouse gases, the use of fossil fuels and the need for primary energy, said Theo Münch, Sales Director, Automation, Valmet.

Biomass and waste in Vilnius

Expected to go into operation in autumn 2019, the Vilnius CHP plant is owned by UAB Vilniaus Kogeneracinė Jėgainė, a company under control of the state-owned energy group Lietuvos Energija. The new plant will produce approximately 40 percnt of Vilnius’s annual district heat demand along with around 0.4 TWh of electricity.

Construction of the plant, which began in February this year, has been classified by the Lithuanian government as a “project of national economic significance.”

The scope of Valmet’s delivery to the Vilnius CHP plant, owned by UAB Vilnius Cogeneration Plant, includes the Valmet DNA automation solution, HIMA safety system, Valmet DNA Machine Monitoring, Valmet Training Simulator, and a continuous emission monitoring system (CEMS).

Waste-to-energy in San Sebastian

Being built for Spanish company Urbaser, the San Sebastian waste treatment facility is scheduled for completion in 2019. The local waste collector Gipuzkoa Waste Management S.A. has been commissioned to finance, construct and operate the waste treatment center.

Once completed, this waste treatment facility will be one of the cleanest waste treatment plants in the world, with an annual capacity of 200 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW).

Valmet DNA will be delivered with a HIMA safety system and a Valmet DNA Operate Trend and Event Archive solution. In addition to technologies, Valmet will provide installation, engineering, FAT and commissioning for both plants.

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