Valmet supplies automation technology to biomass plant in Finland

By Valmet Corp. | December 19, 2018

Valmet will supply automation technology to Pori Energia Oy's Aittaluoto biomass power plant in Pori, Finland. The target of the company's Aittaluoto 2020 project is to replace the outdated low-efficiency power plant processes, decrease the use of fossil fuels in energy production, and meet the operational requirements of the industry in the area. The modernization will decrease the CO2 emissions of the Aittaluoto power plant by 88,000 tons annually. Valmet's automation will improve plant availability and emissions control.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, the value of this kind of automation system deliveries ranges from below EUR one million to EUR three million. The modernized biomass power plant will start its operation in the summer of 2020.

The existing Aittaluoto power plant already uses Valmet's automation systems, and the two companies have cooperated closely over a longer period of time to develop Pori Energia's automation level.

"Integrating the automation system of the new biomass power plant seamlessly with our existing system will provide us with significant savings both in operating and maintaining the plant," says Matti Rintanen, managing director of Pori Energia.

"I want to thank Pori Energia for their confidence in Valmet with this important project. I am especially happy that we have been selected to supply automation to all major bioenergy projects in Finland this year - in Pori, Lahti and Oulu. Our customers' trust gives us a solid foundation to further develop our operations in the bioenergy sector in the coming years," states Olli Koivumäki, sales director, automation, Valmet.

In February 2018, Valmet announced an order for a flue gas condensation and heat recovery system for the same plant.

Valmet's delivery includes a Valmet DNA automation system, a safety system and an information management system with applications for emissions control and boiler performance monitoring. Additionally, the delivery includes system engineering, installation, commissioning and training.