Metso will supply Ou Helme Energia with a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) in the township of Helme in Estonia. The power plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wartsila joint venture MW Power. The delivery scope includes plant automation system, which will be delivered by Metso's Automation business line. The value of the order is over EUR 15 million and the order is included in Energy and Environmental Technology's Q4, 2010 orders received. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the Q3, 2012.
The biomass power plant will utilize bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and will use combination of spruce bark, chipped logging residues and wood chips or milled peat as the main fuels. The plant will produce 15 MW of heat and 6.4 MW of electricity, which will partly be utilized in the customer's own pellet factory and the rest will be distributed into national grid.
Ou Helme Energia is a subsidiary of AS Graanul Invest, which is a private capital based company dealing with bioenergy and renewable energy production. Today AS Graanul Invest is the biggest producer of pellets in the Baltics and with its high production volumes counts among the top five European producers.
MW Power, Metso-Wartsila joint venture, provides medium- and small-scale power and heating plant solutions for sustainable energy generation, focusing on flexible utilization of local renewables, as well as innovative technologies and service capabilities.