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Metso to upgrade Finnish power plant technology

Technology and services provider Metso will work on an extensive automation renewal project at the Rauhalahti power plant in Jyvaskyla, Finland.

Metso will modernise the Jyvaskylan Energia (JE) plant’s technology and represents its third upgrade since it opened in 1986, with JE automation specialist Matti Niemela claiming its not due to any under performance.

‘During the whole life cycle of the plant, we have not had any shutdowns caused by the automation system,’ he says.

The plant will begin renewal in spring 2013 and hopes to be completed by the autumn. It runs on peat, wood fuel and coal and is capable of producing 140MW of district heat and 87MW of electricity.

The upgrade will include a connection to the Keljonlahti power plant that was started up in 2010. It is the company's main production facility and, as both of the plants will be connected by the Metso  interface, the flow of information between the two plants will be improved too.