Aker Solutions previously announced (Monday 1 February 2010 at 08:00 CET) that it has been awarded a power plant project in Europe. Aker Solutions confirms the contract, awarded by RWE, is to provide design, supply, installation, construction and commissioning for a new 50MW Biomass renewable energy plant at the Tullis Russell Papermakers plant near Fife in Scotland. The contract value to Aker Solutions is GBP 115 million. The scope includes for all major plant items excluding the fluidized bed boiler and flue gas system which will be provided by Metso Power.
This new plant will be the largest of its kind in Scotland, and will reduce Tullis Russell's annual carbon emmissions by 250,000 tonnes, reinforcing the company's position as one of the world's leading environmentally-focused papermakers. Work is scheduled to commence in February 2010, with commissioning completed in March 2013.
Currently, the plant's on-site production of heat and electricity is achieved with a combination of its own coal- and gas-fired cogeneration plant. Operation of the coal-fired plant is to be closed down under LCPD (Large Combustion Plant Directive) regulations and the new Biomass plant will secure continuing energy supplies.
Johan Cnossen, Senior Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa region with Aker Solutions' Process and Construction business area said, "Aker Solutions has extensive engineering and construction capability in power generation facilities, particularly in the UK and the US. We are looking forward to working together with RWE, Metso Power and our other key suppliers on this important biomass renewable energy project."
Stephan Lohr, RWE head of biomass said, "The combined skills and expertise of our chosen contractor Aker Solutions will be a major asset during the construction of the new Tullis Russell biomass power plant. This project is RWE's largest investment to date in biomass based power generation and part of our ongoing commitment to investing EURO 1 billion per annum in renewable energy."