Metso adds Russian paper mill to its growing list of clients

By Lisa Gibson | November 07, 2011

Still expanding its European portfolio, Metso will deliver a biomass-fueled bubbling fluidized bed boiler to Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill in Novodinsk, Russia.

The 60-megawatt combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system will run on bark and sludge, replacing old coal boilers and bringing a fast return on investment, with the help of an electricity cost savings of 216 million rubles ($7 million) per year, according to Metso. The company did not, however, disclose the cost of the system.

"We are very excited about this project, in which we help our customer to use their mill residuals to produce energy in an efficient and environmentally friendly way," said Kari Remes, general manager of capital sales for Metso.

Operation of the CHP system is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014. Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper specializes in manufacturing paperboard and market pulp, fiberboard, paper and paper stationery products.

The plant is yet another on a rapidly growing list of European clients Metso is working with on CHP processes. It also recently teamed up with a Finnish cheese company, a Polish coal-fired CHP plant, and Fortum Power operations in Latvia and Finland, among other projects.

Metso is also the equipment provider for the 100-megawatt Gainesville Renewable Energy Center currently under construction in Gainesville, Fla., as well as for the Domtar Biomass Energy Project in Rothschild, Wis.