Another Wärtsilä BioPower plant in Belgium

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 25 April 2007 at 10:00 UTC+2

Wärtsilä was awarded a contract by the Belgian independent power producer Renogen S.A. in March 2007 to supply a second biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant in the municipality of Amel in the Ardennes, Belgium. The turn-key power plant will have a net electrical power output of 3.29 MWe and a thermal output of up to 10 MWth for district heating.

The new power plant will burn non-contaminated wood residues supplied by the local forestry industry. There is also a full O&M contract to cover operation and maintenance after the plant is commissioned.

Due for delivery in July 2008, the new plant is a duplicate of the existing BioPower plant installed by Wärtsilä. Both plants will deliver hot water to local industrial businesses with the electricity generated being fed to the local grid. The two plants will be eligible to carbon emission credits (so called “green certificates”) applicable in Belgian Wallonia.

The new BioPower plant is based on a well-proven modular concept. “Wärtsilä’s modular approach brings several benefits to us” says Mr Yves Crits, CEO of Renogen S.A. “The site work is minimised and delivery time is short, in addition the plant can grow with the growth of heat demand on the industrial estate” he continues.

The modular approach also means consistent quality owing to the factory assembly of modules and compact, but well-considered layout arrangements requiring less floor area for the power plant building. This proven technology results in a reliable, durable plant. The plants are also highly automated, enabling unmanned operation.

For additional information, please contact Ms Eeva Kainulainen, VP Corporate Communications, tel. +358 10 709 5235.

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