Wood-Chip Heating Plant to Serve as a Base-Load Power PlantValmet Corp. will supply a wood-chip-fired heating plant to Tampereen Energiantuotanto Oy, located in the Hervanta area of Tampere, Finland. Valmet's delivery includes a complete plant solution.

The 49.5 MW plant was selected as part of Tampereen Sähkölaitos Group's plan to increase the share of renewable fuels in its production. Fired by wood chips and peat, the new plant is expected to reduce the need for heavy-fuel-oil-fired heating plants. The plant will serve as a base-load power plant annexed to Tampere's district heating grid and it will primarily serve the Hervanta area. The new wood-chip plant will begin producing heat in May 2015.

The system is based on Valmet's Hybex bubbling fluidized bed combustion technology. According to Valmet, special attention has been paid to reducing noise and emissions through noise suppression technology, machinery choices, a triple-field electrostatic precipitator and a flue-gas scrubber. The plant will be operated remotely from a control room in Lielahti using a Metso automation system.

The order is valued at approximately $37 million.