A power plant at a paper mill in France is to have its existing recovery boiler converted into a biomass boiler utilizing bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology.

The conversion will be carried out by Finland-headquartered company Valmet for Biomasse Energie d’Alizay, a subsidiary of DA Alizay SAS which operates the mill that produces 300,000 tonnes of paper a year.

Electricity production of the plant will be 50 MWe and it will also produce process steam for the mill. Additionally, Valmet will deliver a complete Valmet DNA automation system for the power plant, including steam network optimization with the paper mill. The new plant is expected to start operating in 2020.

Jouko Kylänpää, Valmet’s director of Rebuilds and Conversions for the Pulp and Energy sector, said: “Valmet is the leader in BFB conversion with more than 60 references over the past 30 years, including boilers initially manufactured by third parties. It is very efficient and cost-saving way to modernize and prolong the lifetime of high-capex plants to serve the customers’ future needs.”

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