Metso is set to supply Heizkraftwerk Zwickau Sud with a modularised biomass power plant for CHP production in Zwickau, Germany.

The CHP plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power and encompasses a complete turnkey solution including not only the entire plant but also all on-site installations and training. The value of the order is about EUR20 million (US$28 million).

The plant will connect to the grid in late 2012.

Forest residues and wood based landscaping material will be used for fuelling. When in operation, the plant will produce up to 10 MW of district heat for the Zwickau municipality area and up to 5 MW of electricity for the grid.

The plant’s commercial viability is boosted by the German Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG), a law that provides fixed feed-in tariffs for electricity produced from renewable sources and secures the payback period of the investment.

This will be the eighth delivery of such a complete modularized CHP plant to Germany by MW Power. “The new project gains all benefits of modular design and standardization”, says Olli Taimisto, sales director for Biopower plants at MW Power.

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