Graz, Austria, and Helsinki, Finland, 21 February 2011 -- International technology Group Andritz has been selected to provide a gasification plant to Metsä-Botnia’s Joutseno mill in Finland. The 48 MW plant will generate green fuel gas from local biomass, thus making the mill independent of fossil fuels. After completion, scheduled for September 2012, the mill will solely use renewable fuels as energy sources and fully replace all fossil fuels in the mill’s lime kiln during normal operations. Andritz’s scope of supply includes engineering, equipment, erection, start-up, and optimization of the entire gasification process.
The gasification plant is based on the circulating fluidized bed (CFB) technology of Andritz. Upon start-up of the plant, energy generation at the Joutseno mill will become carbon dioxide neutral during its standard production. Special attention has been paid to availability of the mill and environmental factors. The fuel handling system includes an innovative dryer that uses the mill’s excess heat for bark drying. The gas produced is finally burned in the lime kiln with a burner developed by Andritz.
The Andritz Group is a globally leading supplier of plants and services for the hydropower, pulp and paper, metals, and other specialized industries (solid/liquid separation, feed, and biofuel). The Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 14,300 employees worldwide. Andritz operates more than 120 production sites and service and sales companies around the world.
Andritz Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of turnkey systems and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, tissue paper, board, fiber-board (MDF), nonwovens, as well as of biomass boilers and gasifiers for energy production and of systems for the production of plastic films. Services include complete mill maintenance, equipment upgrades and rebuilds, engineered wear products, and spare parts.