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Valmet to supply automation to AustroCel’s bioethanol plant in Austria

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has recently announced that it will supply automation to viscose pulp producer AustroCel Hallein GmbH's bioethanol plant currently under construction in Hallein, Austria. The advanced automation technology will provide the plant with high operational flexibility, reliability, and availability in producing biofuel to replace fossil fuel.

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Valmet will supply automation to viscose pulp producer AustroCel Hallein GmbH’s bioethanol plant currently under construction in Hallein, Austria. The advanced automation technology will provide the plant with high operational flexibility, reliability, and availability in producing biofuel to replace fossil fuel (image courtesy Valmet).

Currently under construction, the bioethanol from the plant will be produced from waste materials from the adjacent viscose pulp mill through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar. This advanced biofuel is destined to Austria-headed integrated oil and gas major OMV AG under a multi-year off-take agreement where it will be added to gasoline.

The 30 million litre per annum ethanol plant is estimated to replace about one percent of the annual gasoline consumption in Austria and saving around 50 000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually.

We selected Valmet’s automation technology for our new bioethanol plant based on our positive experience with the Valmet DNA automation system in our pulp mill and the good service support we have received from the company over the years, said Josef Kendlbacher, Project Manager, AustroCel Hallein.

The Hallein plant has been using Valmet’s automation systems for decades. The first system, Damatic Classic, was delivered to the site in 1987 and upgraded to Damatic XD in 1989. The system has been continuously renewed during the past 30 years as part of the Valmet DNA Software Life Cycle Agreement between the companies.

We have established a trustworthy relationship with AustroCel Hallein by working closely together and offering relevant life-cycle services to the mill, said Mustafa Began, Service Area Manager, Automation, Valmet.

The delivery, the value of which has not been disclosed, will take place in June 2020, and the plant will start its operation at the end of 2020.

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