Valmet to supply biomass boiler plant for district heat production in Finland

Valmet will supply a biomass boiler plant for district heat production to Seinäjoen Energia Oy’s Kapernaum heat plant in Finland.

The new boiler will enable the firm to increase its use of renewable fuels in its district heat production.

Owned by the city of Seinäjoki, Seinäjoen Energia provides customers with electricity, district heating, and water supply. The firm has around 4,500 district heat customers with an annual demand of more than 500 GWh.

Valmet will build the new boiler plant, with a fuel capacity of 49.5 MW, from the foundation upwards to the fuel feed silo and the stack. At the heart of the system is Valmet’s bubbling fluidised bed boiler that runs on a wide range of biomasses. Additionally, Valmet’s deliver includes an electrostatic precipitator, a flue gas condensation unit, and a Valmet DNA Automation System for the entire plant.

“We are pleased to start this project,” said Vesa Hatila, managing director at Seinäjoen Energia. “It is a significant step forward in producing cleaner district heat. We will be able to ensure reliable and competitively priced heat for our customers in the future, too.”

Kai Janhunen, vice-president of Valmet’s energy business unit, said: “This project features notable environmental values and a great significance for the district heat produced in Seinäjoki.

“Valmet’s delivery combines strong technical know-how with high-quality and swift project management. We appreciate Seinäjoen Energia’s trust in Valmet.”

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received in the fourth quarter of 2020. The value of the order will not be disclosed; the boiler plant will be handed over in autumn 2022.

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