Finland’s Metso Corporation is to supply a biomass-fired power boiler for the CHP plant operated by PGE Zespół Elektrowni Dolna Odra at its plant located in Szczecin on the north-west coast of Poland. The company is upgrading the plant from coal.

The power boiler, with the steam capacity of 183 MW, will utilize bubbling fluidized bed technology and will burn forest residue, willow chips and straw pellets to produce electricity to the national grid, together with district heat for the city of Szczecin. Metso will also supply plant’s automation and information management system.

PGE Zespół Elektrowni Dolna Odra is modernizing its Szczecin CHP plant and will replace old coal-fired boilers with the new unit to combust biomass. With the new fluidized bed technology the company will significantly increase its green energy production from renewable fuels. The Szczecin green energy plant is expected to be the largest biomass energy project in Central Europe and it has received support from Szczecin Province Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, as well as from Poland’s National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.

Start-up of the boiler plant is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2011. The value of the order is approximately €60 million, says Metso.