Valmet to complete biomass works in Lithuania

Valmet has been selected in a new public procurement process as the tenderer for completing the biomass boiler, flue gas cleaning and flue gas condensing system works for Vilnius Combined Heat and Power Plant (Vilnius CHP) in Lithuania.

Vilnius CHP is working on a modern heat generation capacity expansion project in the city’s central heating system. The new public procurement process was needed since the original contractor was unable to complete the works. The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the second quarter 2022. The total maximum value of the order is around €30 million. 

“We have now concluded with Valmet one of the most important and critical contracts for Vilnius CHP’s biomass project. We still need to initiate the operation of the technical equipment of the biomass boiler plant, which will allow us to generate electricity and heat”, said Mantas Burokas, CEO at Vilnius CHP. 

“We are happy to contribute to an important project for Vilnius city’s residents. We plan to launch the power plant to the testing phase in the first quarter of 2023”, said Niina Ollikka, director of boiler rebuilds and conversions, energy business unit, Valmet. 

Valmet will perform a technical assessment of biomass boilers, complete the biomass boiler, flue gas cleaning and flue gas condensing system installation works, carry out commissioning works (cold and hot tests), train the power plant’s personnel and prepare the instructions for using the biomass unit. 

After the Vilnius CHP project is completed, the power plant’s total electricity capacity will amount to 90 MW (70 MW biomass-based), and the heating capacity will amount to roughly 230 MW (170 MW biomass-based). 

Since 2020, the power plant has been generating energy using municipal waste. After the biomass project is complete, energy will also be generated using biomass. The waste-to-energy unit incinerates about 160,000 tonnes of municipal waste and turn it into energy. The biomass unit will burn about 500,000 tonnes of biomass per year. 


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