Valmet to deliver biomass boilers to projects in Spain, Chile

By Erin Voegele | October 04, 2018

On Oct. 3, Valmet announced plans to supply biomass boilers and other equipment to a power plant project under development by Greenalia in Spain and a pulp mill project being completed by Arauco in Chile.

According to Valmet, the company will supply a biomass boiler to Greenalia’s new Curtis-Teixeiro biomass power plant in Teixeiro, Spain. The facility will take in forest biomass as fuel, primarily eucalyptus and pine wood.

Valmet’s delivery consists of a biomass-fired Hybex power boiler plant featuring bubbling fluidized bed technology. The thermal power capacity of the boiler is 130 MW, the electricity capacity of the plant is 50 MW. The delivery also includes auxiliary equipment and supporting structures.

The new biomass power project is expected to contribute to the maintenance of forests in the area and the prevention of forest fires by encouraging the collection of small-sized wood waste that is normally discarded.

"We chose Valmet to supply the boiler plant based on the company's proven and efficient technology. Our good cooperation started already in the sales and pre-engineering stage," said Manuel García, CEO at Greenalia.

"Valmet has wide experience in the biofuels that the new plant will use. We look forward to continuing our good and fruitful cooperation with the power plant owner Greenalia and the EPC contractor ACCIONA-Imasa," said Kai Janhunen, vice president, energy business unit, Valmet.

In Chile, Valmet announced it has signed a letter of award (LOA) with Arauco to supply pulp mill technology, including pulp drying and baling, a recovery boiler and a biomass boiler. The LOA is part of Arauco’s Mapa project, which is expanding current production capacity and building a new pulp production line at the Arauco mill located in the Bio Bío region of Chile. The biomass boiler that Valmet will deliver to the project will feature bubbling fluidized bed technology and have a capacity of 160 MWth.