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Valmet to supply biomass plant automation to Korea

Valmet to supply biomass plant automation to Korea
An artist's rendering of the 200 MW Gwangyang biomass power plant currently under construction in Gwangyang-si, Jeollanam-do, South Korea (image courtesy Valmet).

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected to supply a Valmet DNA distributed control system (DCS) to Gwangyang Green Energy Corporation’s biomass power plant currently under construction in southwestern South Korea.

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The order, the value of which has not been disclosed, was placed by Lotte Engineering and Construction Co., Ltd (Lotte E&C), which is the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant.

A Lotte Group affiliate, Lotte E&C is engaged in domestic and overseas business in general construction, such as housing, architecture, civil engineering, and industrial plants.

This is the first time Lotte E&C has chosen Valmet’s automation technology for its power plant projects. Valmet’s experience and advanced control system offer enhanced operational efficiency and sustainable energy production, as well as improved reliability in operating the biomass plant.

Valmet is a proven supplier of the biomass plant control system globally. We are looking forward to a successful project completion and future project collaboration, said Changhyun Jung, Manager, Power Green Energy Department, Plant Business Division, Lotte E&C.

Valmet’s delivery consists of a DNA automation system, a safety control system, and an information management system to control the boiler and balance of plant (BOP) of the new biomass power plant, covering engineering, design, documents, commissioning, and supervision works.

The deliveries will start in June 2024, and the start-up is scheduled for March 2025.

This is a continuous order in the biomass power plant business in Korea, following the Dangjin biomass power plant. This is meaningful for Valmet’s automation systems, which have proven their high quality and flexible operation over the past year and have diversified Valmet’s business portfolio in Korea. We are ready to further collaborate with our customers in Korea, said Emilia Torttila-Miettinen, President of Automation Systems business line at Valmet.

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