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HZI selects Valmet to deliver automation for Moscow waste-to-energy plant

Finland-headed forest industry and energy major Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected to supply automation to a new waste-to-energy (WtE) facility in Moscow, Russia. The order was placed by Swiss cleantech providers Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the facility.

An artist’s rendering of the Alternative Generating Company-1 (AGC-1) waste-to-energy plant in Moscow, Russia. Valmet has been selected by HZI, the EPC for the project to supply automation to the facility (image courtesy Valmet).

On July 11, 2019, the Russian power plant operator Alternative Generating Company-1 (AGC-1), a special purpose company (SPC) and part of the RT-Invest Group and a consortium with Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI) and the Russian technology company ZiO-Podolsk, a subsidiary of Atomenergomash (AEM), signed the contract to be the technology provider to build four energy-from-waste (EfW) plants in the Moscow Region.

Valmet was chosen by HZI to deliver automation for the greenfield waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Moscow and is the twelfth time that HZI has selected Valmet’s automation technology for its waste-to-energy plant projects. The plant will process 720 000 tonnes of municipal solid waste (MSW) per year and have a thermal capacity of 227.5 MW and an electrical capacity of 75 MW.

This is HZI’s first waste-to-energy project in Russia, so to ensure its success we chose Valmet as our automation supplier. It is a well-known brand in the Russian power and renewable energy market, and its local capabilities for new installations and services will support our project execution. During our long cooperation with Valmet in many projects, we have learned to rely on Valmet’s clever technical solutions, high system performance, flexibility, turnkey packages, and customer understanding. In selecting a supplier, we evaluate the total cost of ownership together with the quality and performance of the required products, said Paul Linke, Project Manager at HZI.

The delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, will take place in 2021, and the system will be handed over to the customer in June 2022.

Our companies have cooperated since 2009 to improve HZI’s projects and costs and to develop innovative solutions. The Valmet DNA system fits perfectly with HZI’s plants and fulfills all customer requirements, leading to easy startup and operation. The system architecture offers scalability, high availability, lifetime expandability, and upgradeability said Rene Neubert, Sales Director, Automation, Valmet.

The plant will be owned and operated by Alternative Generating Company-1 (AGC-1) and is the first of four plants that will be constructed in the Moscow region over the next years. Once completed, they will substantially contribute to reducing the number of landfill sites by treating the MSW of around 5 million inhabitants, while at the same time delivering electricity for around 1.5 million people.

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