Valmet will modernize the turbine automation and supply a new turbine controller to the Hovinsaari biomass-fired power plant in Kotka, Finland.

Kotkan Energia Oy placed the order so that the plant’s turbine will be controlled through the main automation system instead of separate automation systems and link applications. This will simplify the operators’ work and automation maintenance. The new automation, which also will improve turbine reliability, is scheduled to start up in September.

The power plant consists of a biomass-fired unit, a natural-gas-fired combined cycle unit and an auxiliary boiler. It produces process steam for the Danisco Sweeteners factory, most of the district heat used in Kotka and electricity for the national grid.