Bio fuelled CHP plant for Swedish utility

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release, 14 April 2004 at 11:00 UTC+2

Marks Värme AB, a municipality-owned heat and power utility in Kinna about 60 km from Gothenburg, has chosen Wärtsilä Biopower Oy as the main supplier of a new biofuelled power plant. The utility’s main function is to provide district heat. The new power plant will be taken into use at the beginning of 2005.

“This order marks an important breakthrough for us in Sweden, where electricity generation regulations emphasize the use of renewable fuels such as wood chips, bark and sawdust,” said Tord Johnsson, Power Plant Manager of Wärtsilä Sweden AB. “We solidly believe that following this first delivery more such bioplants will be built in Sweden in the future.”

Bengt-Allan Frost, Managing Director of Marks Värme AB, commented: “We received several bids for this project but after careful evaluation we chose the combined heat and power solution offered by Wärtsilä Biopower Oy. This is a distinctly more economical solution than investing in a heat plant only. Moreover, the new bioplant will enable us to expand heat production in the region as well as helping us to reduce oil consumption. It will also allow us to generate electricity in compliance with the municality’s operating principles, which include giving priority to sustainable environmental development.”

Wärtsilä Bio Power will build the new Bio Power plant beside the existing Assbergsverket power plant in Skene. Together with the existing district heating plant the new bio power plant will supply district heat to 800 customers. Electricity production will correspond to the household electricity need of 2 500 detached houses.

The new power plant will generate 3.5 MWe of electricity and 16 MWth of heat. Some of the heat will also be supplied to nearby industrial facilities. The bio power plant will be fuelled by wood waste, mainly bark and sawdust, from sawmills.

Notes to the editor:
Marks Värme AB is a municipal company with net sales in 2003 totalling 39 million Swedish krona. When established on 1 August 1996 to produce district heat in the Mark municipality, the company took over the Snickare district heating plant and its heating network. In recent years the company has built two district power plants – Assbergsverket Etapp 1 and the Fritsla district heat plant – as well as a district heating network covering approximately 38 kilometres in 2003. The total output of these plants in 2003 amounted to 92.5 GWh.

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