In a reconstruction program that is, in part, designed to increase its share of renewable energy production, a utility in southern Poland plans to convert a coal-fired boiler to a biomass system.

The project includes modification of the current boiler such as pressure parts, fuel- and ash-handling equipment and erection as well as a complete automation system. The automation system consists of process automation, emission monitoring and reporting, and an instrumentation and electrification retrofit.

Metso, Helsinki, will fill the approximately $29.6 million order that will contribute to increasing the power company’s production capacity and adaptation to the European Union’s new 2016 emission requirements. When operational in October 2012, the plant will produce 70 MW of heat and 40 MW of electricity to the national grid.

EC Tychy is a subsidiary of Tauron Group, headquartered in Katowice, Poland, one of the largest energy companies in Poland operating, 35 hydroelectric power plants.