HELSINKI, FINLAND--(Marketwire - Mar 11, 2013) -
Metso Corporation's press release on March 11, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. local time
Vaskiluodon Voima Oy has inaugurated the world's largest biomassgasification plant, which was supplied by Metso, in Vaasa, Finland. Theplant was inaugurated by the Finnish Minister of Labour Lauri Ihalainen onMarch 11th.
Vaskiluodon Voima's plant is ground-breaking in many ways, as this is thefirst time in the world that biomass gasification is being adopted on sucha large scale for replacement of fossil fuels.
Clean gas from biomass
The technology of the new plant is based on Metso's long-term developmentwork. Metso's delivery included fuel handling, a large-scale dryer and acirculating fluidized bed gasifier, modification work on the existing coalboiler and a Metso DNA automation system. The bio-gasification plant wasconstructed as part of the existing coal-fired power plant, and theproduced gas will be combusted along with coal in the existing coal boiler.
Metso's pioneering role is illustrated by the fact that the companydelivered its first plant using gasification technology back in the 1980s.A major challenge in the Vaskiluoto project was the sheer scope - the nowinaugurated plant is the world's largest biomass gasification plant.
The plant started up at the turn of the year. The contract for the newplant was announced in June 2011, and Metso started the construction atVaskiluoto in April of the following year, making the actual constructionphase fairly short.
"The operational experiences so far indicate that the 140-MWbio-gasification plant functions as planned, and the produced gas burns cleanly in the coal boiler and reduces emissions," says Mauri Blomberg,Managing Director, Vaskiluodon Voima.
Sights set on energy turnaround
Nearly half of the coal used by the plant can be replaced with gasifiedbiomass. This makes the solution highly environmentally friendly, enablesthe flexible use of different fuels and significantly extends the life ofthe current power plant. "The commissioning of the gasification plant is amajor step in our company's target of using mainly domestic fuels for heatand electricity production. This can be considered a complete energyturnaround," says Rami Vuola, Chairman of the Board of Vaskiluodon Voimaand CEO of EPV Energia Oy, joint owner of Vaskiluodon Voima.
The recent gasification technology projects are an indication of Metso'sstrategy of offering energy solutions in which technologies related to fuelrefining have been brought forth alongside traditional combustion. In May2012, a similar event was held in Lahti, Finland, with the inauguration ofthe world's first waste gasification plant.
"I'm sure that Vaskiluoto's investment in increasing the use of renewableenergy will draw major international attention. Coal powered plants can bemade greener, and Vaskiluoto's plant is leading the way," says JyrkiHolmala, President of Metso's Power business line. "Coal boilers stillaccount for the majority of power production in the world. Bio-gasificationtechnology of this scale offers a new, cost-effective option for increasingthe share of biomass and, consequently, for significantly decreasing theuse of and emissions from coal."
Later on in the inauguration day, Metso organized a technology seminar inVaasa, which was attended by some 50 customers from around Europe. A visitto the new gasification plant was also on the agenda.
Vaskiluodon Voima Oy is equally owned by the energy companies EPV EnergiaOy and Pohjolan Voima Oy. The company's power plants, located in Vaasa andSeinäjoki, produce electricity and district heating.
Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes,machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics.Our offering and experience cover the entire process life cycle includingnew production lines, rebuilds and services.
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in theprocess industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power,and oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countriescontribute to sustainability and profitability to customers worldwide.Metso's shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
This announcement is distributed by Thomson Reuters on behalf of ThomsonReuters clients. The owner of this announcement warrants that:
(i) the releases contained herein are protected by copyright and otherapplicable laws; and
(ii) they are solely responsible for the content, accuracy and originalityof the information contained therein.
Source: Metso Corporation via Thomson Reuters ONE[HUG#1684368]
- Nature & Environment
- Metso Corporation
President, Power business line
tel. +358 400 636 956
Director, Gasification, Power business line
tel. +358 40 830 4402