Valmet to build biopower plant in Salzburg

Valmet will deliver a complete turnkey biopower plant to produce green electricity and heat in the city of Salzburg, Austria.

The order was placed by Salzburg AG, an Austrian energy and technology company. The plant will be commissioned and started up in August 2023.

“We are constructing the Siezenheim II plant in Salzburg to increase the share of CO2-neutral district heat production to 40%,” said Siegfried Müllegger, head of energy technologies at Salzburg.

“With the plant, it will be possible to provide 8,300 additional homes with bio district heat and 7,000 additional homes with ecologically-produced power in Salzburg in the future. We have found Valmet to be an ideal partner for building our power plant.”

Valmet will be responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction of the modularised BioPower 5 power plant. The scope of supply includes fuel handling, a boiler, a flue gas cleaning system and the Valmet DNA automation system. The plant will have a maximum electrical output of around 4 MW and a maximum output of 17 MW.

Markus Bolhàr-Nordenkampf, director of energy sales and service operations for central Europe north, EMEA at Valmet, said: “This is the first modular BioPower plant that Valmet will deliver to Austria, so it is a great opening for us in decarbonising the local energy sector.

“High fuel flexibility, innovative technology and serviceability play key roles in this solution. The use of renewable biomass fuels ensures reliable and sustainable energy supply and creates jobs locally.”

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