Foster Wheeler Starts Large Biomass Facility

Foster Wheeler AG announced the successful start of commercial operation of a large-scale, 125 MW-electric, 385 MW-thermal, circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boiler island delivered to Kaukaan Voima Oy, Finland. Kaukaan Voima Oy is owned by Pohjolan Voima Oy (PVO) and Lappeenrannan Energia Oy.

The power plant is fueled by bark, branches, tops, stumps, small wood and peat and is reported to be Finland’s largest user of solid biomass. Biomass accounts for approximately 80% of the plant’s fuel supply, Foster Wheeler said.

The new biomass unit fires a combination of biomass and peat and has the capability to fully fire either fuel, supplying process steam and electricity to the adjacent UPM-Kymmene Corporation’s pulp and paper mill, as well as electricity and district heat to the city of Lappeenranta.

“The Kaukaan Voima plant is an extension of PVO’s bioenergy program aimed at the reduction of CO2 emissions in energy production as well as increasing the use of renewable fuels through utilization of locally available bioenergy sources,” said Jukka Kiuru, managing director of Kaukaan Voima Oy.

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