In Finland, global forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply a biomass-fired boiler plant to energy utility Elenia Lämpö Oy's Vanaja power plant in Hämeenlinna. The investment will enable the company to raise the share of renewable fuels used in the city's district heat production to over 80 percent and increase the energy efficiency of its heat production.
With this significant investment, we will implement our company’s strategy to go for environmentally friendly energy solutions and improve our energy efficiency. Also, the investment will further increase our share of renewable fuels, in which we are clearly forerunners in Finland. The project will create jobs in our area during the construction period and later for fuel deliveries. Fuel will be purchased from as close to the plant as possible, said Matti Tynjälä, Managing Director of Elenia Lämpö.
Valmet will deliver a 35 MWth HYBEX boiler plant that utilizes bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and, says Valmet, features very high efficiency. Additionally, the delivery includes an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) and a flue gas condenser that increases heat capacity by 10 MW.
Assembly work on the new boiler plant will start in the fall of 2019 with start up of the plant targeted in 2020. The value of the order has not been disclosed.
The boiler plant will mainly run on wood-based fuels, such as forest residues as well as sawdust and bark originating from side streams of the woodworking industry.
This is a repeat boiler order to the same power plant, which shows the customer’s trust in Valmet’s biomass-fired HYBEX technology for heat-only applications, remarked Frank Ligthart, Director, Heat and Power Plants, Valmet.