Valmet to convert paper mill power plant to biomass

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 Kylàƒ¤npàƒ¤àƒ¤, 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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