Wärtsilä Biopower has gained orders for seven bio fuelled energy plants over the past few months. Wärtsilä will supply both complete bio energy plants and process equipment to Sweden, Russia and the Baltic countries. These new orders are an important step towards Wärtsilä’s strategy of becoming the first global supplier of small scale bio power plants. These orders have an aggregate heat output of 56 MW.
Demand for small power and heating plants for decentralized energy production is growing fast and the use of bio fuels in electricity generation is rising in Europe. Wärtsilä’s Biopower employs in its plants the company’s patented BioGrate combustion technology, which is especially suitable for burning wet wood chippings, bark and sawdust.
Two of the new orders are for Sweden. District heating company Vilhelmina Värmeverk AB has ordered a 10 MWth process equipment package to meet local district heating and sawmill needs. Tekniska Verken i Linköping AB, a heating facility owned by the city of Linköping, has placed a turnkey order for a 3 MWth bio energy plant and a 5 MWth oil-fired boiler plant to produce energy for the local district heating network. Wärtsilä has previously supplied the same customer with a combined heat and power plant based on gas-diesel engines.
Wärtsilä has been contracted to deliver three bio energy plants to Estonia; two plants for sawmills and one for district heating. AS Näpi Saeveski, part of Estonia’s largest sawmill company Sylvester Group, has ordered process equipment for a 6 MWth bio energy plant in Lääne-Virumaa. The new plant, which will replace an old plant, will burn sawmill waste. AS Sauga Saeveski has ordered a 6 MWth bio energy plant for a sawmill in Sauga. This plant will produce heat from bark, chippings and sawdust for the sawmills drying process. OU Pogi has ordered a turnkey 8 MWth bio energy plant to Paide.
UAB Sylvester Alytus in Lithuania has ordered a turnkey 8 MWth bio energy plant for the town of Alytus. This is Wärtsilä’s breakthrough to Lithuanian energy markets.
The Finnish-Russian joint venture ZAO Pestovo Novo will take delivery of a turnkey 10 MWth bio energy plant in Pestovo in the Novgorod region, where Finnish UPM-Kymmene will supply a sawmill in co-operation with a Russian timber company.