Valmet in automation deal for seven French biomass plants

Finnish technology company Valmet has signed a deal is to supply automation services to seven Dalkia biomass plants in France for the next five years.

The agreements cover plants already operating with Valet technology in Facture, Rennes, Tours, Angers, Limoges, Orléans and Strasbourg, which are all operated by EDF subsidiary Dalkia.

Dalkia’s first Valmet DNA system was delivered in 2010 to the Facture plant with a Valmet BFB boiler. Following the success of the installation, Dalkia chose to equip the other six new plants with the solution.

The scope of the initial Valmet service agreements included services such as maintenance visits, remote access, on-call support and software upgrade service in the frame of Valmet DNA Perfect life. The new agreements will include a “roadmap” to upgrade the whole system on each site once during the five years’ contract to ensure a state-of-the art, reliable and up-to-date platform for Dalkia to operate their plants.

Laurent Franàƒ§ois, plant director of Dalkia Rennes, said the Valmet system “has proven to be reliable and very user-friendly for the plant operators. In order to maintain the optimum performance level of the system, we decided to sign service agreements on the global level for all Dalkia plants running with Valmet DNA. In addition, we are implementing Valmet DNA Advanced Process Control in our Dalkia Rennes plant.”

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