Wärtsilä receives first combined heat and power plant order from Belarus

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 2 October 2007 at 11:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä Corporation received in July 2007 its first order from Belarus for the delivery of a combined heat and power (CHP) plant. Wärtsilä will supply gas-fired generating sets and other equipment to the Belarussian state-owned forestry-to-wood processing enterprise “Bellesbumprom” for CHP plant at a new paper mill in the city of Shklov, approximately 300 kilometres east of Minsk.

Wärtsilä will supply two gas-fired generating sets and two dual-pressure waste heat recovery boilers. The engines will generate electricity and run on natural gas. Their exhaust gas heat will be recovered in the individual boilers. The delivery will take place in summer 2008.

All electricity and steam output of the CHP plant will be employed in the Shklov paper mill. This new mill has an annual capacity of 40,000 tonnes of newsprint and lightweight coated paper.

“This contract is proof of Belarus’ commitment to improving the energy efficiency of power production by using high-efficiency gas engines,” says Harry Lindroos, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, Wärtsilä Power Plants. “For Wärtsilä this is the first contract from Belarus and as such an important entry to future opportunities in the Eastern European markets,” he continues.

Forestry, timber, wood processing, paper and wood pulp are major industries in Belarus as forests cover nearly 40% of the area of the country. These industries employ some 90,000 people.

Further information:
Harry Lindroos, Wärtsilä Power Plants, Regional Director for Eastern Europe, tel. +358 10 709 5666.