12 January 2016, 13:56

Boiler plant will enable utilization of sawmill residue for sustainable heat production.

Stora Enso Timber Ab and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract of a biomass-fired hot water boiler plant delivery to Stora Enso sawmill Ala in Ljusne, Sweden. The new Unicon Biograte 15 MWth boiler plant will utilize bark and wood residues from the Ala sawmill as fuel, and it will produce hot water to the sawmill´s drying kilns. The new biomass boiler plant is scheduled to be in operation in November 2016. The value of the contract will not be disclosed.

The delivery is a turnkey delivery excluding civil and foundation works. The contract includes all process equipment, installations, commissioning and training of the operational personnel. The heart of the new biomass-fired boiler plant is Biograte combustion technology which is especially planned for utilization of wet biomass fuels for effective energy production.

The plant also includes KPA Unicon`s PlantSys system for local and remote control of the plant. PlantSys system collects data from the process equipment’s and makes an easily outlined and controlled entity of the data. PlantSys system also enables a reliable and trusted remote access to the plant, optimizes the parameters and predicts the future service and maintenance needs.

“This boiler plant project is a great example of a case where process hot water is produced in a sustainable way. It is important that the boiler plants at sawmills get to utilize the least valuable by-product bark as fuel. Biograte combustion technology is the most capable solution in the market for burning wet biomass with high efficiency and usability”, says Teemu Koskela, Sales Director, KPA Unicon.

KPA Unicon

KPA Unicon offers responsible energy solutions for efficient energy production. The company specializes in boiler and power plant projects. The solutions utilize biomass fuels as well as fossil fuels in a sustainable way. KPA Unicon also manages the plant’s operation and maintenance, and offers support during the whole life cycle of plant. KPA Unicon’s headquarters are located in Pieksämäki and Kiuruvesi in Finland. The company employs 180 energy industry professionals. The company’s turnover exceeded 50 million euros 2015.