Wärtsilä wood and peat-fired heating plant for Vapo Group

Wärtsilä Corporation, Trade press release 6 November 2007 at 12:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä has signed with Vapo Oy a contract to deliver a BioEnergy wood and peat-fired heating plant. The plant sold will be installed at the Vapo Timber sawmill in Hankasalmi, which is located in central Finland. The output of the BioEnergy heating plant is 10 MWth. The contract also includes a 6 MWth heavy fuel oil plant. The plant will be handed over by November 2008.

The fuel used in the plant will be wood residues such as bark coming from the Vapo sawmill, as well as peat. The heating plant will generate low cost thermal energy for the sawmill’s drying process as well as for the premises.

Wärtsilä has delivered BioEnergy and oil & gas fired boiler plants to Vapo earlier. Good relations with the customer and a reliable technical solution matching customers needs were the reasons for Wärtsilä winning this contract.

Wärtsilä's biomass-fuelled plants are clean and efficient and are practical solutions for meeting the need for renewable energy with minimum environmental impact. The plants incorporate patented Wärtsilä BioGrate combustion technology to burn biomass fuels with high combustion efficiency and low emissions. The moisture content of the fuel can be as high as 65%. The NOx emissions of such wood-fuelled plants are negligible. The fly ash is removed from the flue gases in an electrostatic filter or multicyclone in accordance with local regulations.

Wärtsilä BioEnergy plants are highly modular, being based on well-proven standardised components with a conservative design approach. The plants can thus be delivered and installed quickly. Their proven technology results in a reliable, durable plant. They are also highly automated, enabling unmanned operation.

Further information, please contact:

Maria Nystrand
Public Relations Manager, Power Plants
Wärtsilä Corporation
Direct tel: +358 10 7091456
Direct fax: +358 10709 1425
Email: maria.nystrand@wartsila.com
Internet: www.wartsila.com

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä enhances the business of its customers by providing them with complete lifecycle power solutions. When creating better and environmentally compatible technologies, Wärtsilä focuses on the marine and energy markets with products and solutions as well as services. Through innovative products and services, Wärtsilä sets out to be the most valued business partner of all its customers. This is achieved by the dedication of more than 15,000 professionals manning 150 Wärtsilä locations in 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on The Nordic Exchange in Helsinki, Finland.

Vapo in brief
The Vapo Group consists of the Parent Company Vapo Oy and four business areas: Local Fuels, Heat and Power, Pellets, and Garden & Environment. The subsidiary Vapo Timber Oy processes timber, and Kekkilä Oyj produces and markets growing media and fertilizers. In Sweden Vapo owns Neova AB and in Estonia Tootsi Turvas AS. The Finnish State owns 50.1% of the shares in the Parent Company, Vapo Oy, and Metsäliitto Cooperative owns 49.9%. Vapo Group’s turnover in 2006 was EUR 600,9 million. The Group had 1 891 employees.