Consultancy and project management company Amec Foster Wheeler is to supply a biomass dust combustion plant for a Finnish utility company
The company recently announced it had been awarded a contract to supply the plant for the Finnish company Seinäjoen Energia Oy. The plant will be operated as back-up for a peak load district heating plant, increasing capacity to 120 MWth. Biomass based fuels, including wood pellets, wood briquette, bark and forest residue pellets, dried forest residues, agrofuel pellets, peat pellets will replace heavy fuel oil with coal as a reserve fuel.
Work on installing the plant will begin in spring 2016 with commercial operation expected in December. It will be designed to comply with the emission requirements of the new environmental permit. The turnkey contract covers the supply of a new 90 MWth biomass pellet dust boiler with auxiliary equipment, modification of the existing oil fired boiler to 30 MWth wood pellet firing, storage silos and handling equipment for biomass fuels, flue gas cleaning systems, stack modifications to the boiler hourse, electrification, instrumentation and automation installed and commissioned.
“Our work on this project is a great example of Amec Foster Wheeler technologies and expertise in energy production projects” said Jari Nokelainen, Amec Foster Wheeler’s Vice President Service. “We are proud to be working on this project and its focus on renewable fuels.”
Martti Haapamäki, CEO of Seinäjoen Energia, added that the investment significantly increases the share of renewable fuels in Seinäjoen Energia heat production. The possibility of adapting to the changing conditions in the future was highly appreciated in the decision process, with special importance placed on having a wide fuel envelope.
Amec Foster Wheeler designs, delivers and maintains strategic and complex assets for its customers across the global energy and related sectors. The company employs around 40,000 people in more than 55 countries, operating across the oil and gas industry and in the mining, clean energy, power generation, pharma, environment and infrastructure markets.