Pöyry selected as EPCM contractor for torrefied pellet plant

By Erin Voegele | November 26, 2018

On Nov. 21, Pöyry announced Baltania OÜ has awarded the company an engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services contract for a torrefied pellet plant under development in Vägari, Estonia.

Construction on the project is currently scheduled to be complete during the first quarter of 2020. Once operational, the plant will have the capacity to produce 157,000 metric tons per year of torrefied pellets made from sustainable biomass sourced from forestry wastes and byproducts of the wood processing industry.

The torrefaction process employed by the facility will be based on Clean Electricity Generation B.V.’s technology, which converts biomass into torrefied pellets and biochar utilizing its proprietary torrefaction reactor. The torrefied products are produced with no net thermal energy imported from non-renewable systems.

"Pöyry is delighted to support Baltania with this important and challenging project in Estonia,” said Ilkka Heikkilä, regional director for thermal power at Pöyry. It is one of the first industrial size torrefied pellet production plants in the world and by far the largest one, and we are proud to be their partner in this demanding project.”