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Valmet to supply 90 MW biomass-fired boiler plant to Segezha PPM in Russia

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected by Russia-headed forest industry major Segezha Group to supply a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) in the Republic of Karelia, Russia. The boiler will produce steam for the mill's production processes and enables the mill to use wood residues and sludge as fuel reducing the use of heavy fuel oil.

Located in Segezha city, Republic of Karelia, Russia, Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) is one of several forest industry operations belonging to the vertically integrated Russia-headed forest industry major Segezha Group, part of the joint-stock financial corporation Sistema JSFC (photo courtesy Segezha Group).

According to Valmet, its delivery includes a 90 MW HYBEX boiler utilizing bubbling fluidised bed (BFB) combustion technology, electrostatic precipitator-based flue gas cleaning equipment, electrification, and DNA automation system to control and operate the plant. Delivery of the plant, the value of which has not been disclosed, is scheduled for 2017.

We selected Valmet’s multi-fuel boiler after comparing a number of supplier offers. We took into account the reliability of the equipment and its operation, and the price/quality ratio. The decisive criteria that determined our decision were the technological factors and successful boiler references in numbers of industry enterprises. We see that a modern multi-fuel boiler can efficiently burn waste from wood processing with high and variable humidity, as well as sludge from our effluent treatment,” comments Sergei Pondar, Vice President of Production for Segezha Group.

Part of the joint-stock financial corporation Sistema JSFC, Segezha Group is a vertically integrated international forest industry holding company that comprises Russian and European enterprises in the forest, wood processing, pulp and paper industries as well as paper packaging manufacturing enterprises. Segezha Group has assets in 13 countries and employs around 13 000 staff.

Increasing interest in Russia

The new order strengthens Valmet’s position as the leading supplier of bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boilers with electrostatic precipitator-based flue gas cleaning on the Russian market. This is the third boiler delivery featuring Valmet’s BFB technology to Russia in the past three years.

Developed by Valmet, the HYBEX boiler features wide fuel flexibility, high combustion efficiency, high reliability, excellent controllability, and low emissions. Its main advantage, Valmet says, is the possibility to use fuels with high moisture content and low thermal value, such as residual sludge from the pulp and paper making process.

Over the decades Valmet has delivered numerous biomass-fired boilers as well as chemical recovery boilers to Russia. We have an established supplier network in Russia and a significant part of the delivery for Segezha will be manufactured in Russia. We look forward to delivering our competitive technology to Russia’s market also in the future, remarked Nikolay Doroshenko, Director of Energy Sales and Services Operations, Russia and CIS, Valmet.

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