Helsinki, Finland, 30 August 2011 -- Metso will convert a coal-fired boiler to a biomass-fired bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) boiler for Elektrociepłownia Białystok S.A’s combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Białystok, Poland. The total value of the order is approximately EUR 20 million.
The new environmental supportive boiler system will cut the power plant’s carbon dioxide emissions significantly. The CHP plant of 166 MWe and 460 MWth will partly replace the coal fuel supply with biomass fuel, primarily from forest and agricultural residues.
The cooperation between EC Białystok and Metso emphizises Metso’s leader position as a full scope supplier of bioenergy solutions. Since 2000, Metso has in total received seven biomass boiler conversions orders in Poland, and the collaboration with EC Białystok started in 2008 when Metso carried out a similar biomass boiler project.
“Poland is one of the largest countries in Europe to have such a high dependence on energy deriving from coal use to meet national electricity needs. This is an important incentive for us to reduce future CO2 emissions and produce more green electricity, and with Metso technology which include boiler modifications and an automation system to control and monitor emissions we are certain to accomplish our goal,” said Andrzej Schroeder, president of Elektrociepłownia Białystok S.A.
“We have created the project together with Metso since 2009, and we have together executed various successful agrofuel tests for this investment”, states Krzysztof Sadowski, Strategy & Development director of Elektrociepłownia Białystok S.A.
Despite the strong green energy incentives, the renewable energy share in Poland is only 7.5% (2010), compared with EU’s set target of 20% by 2020. Approximately 80% of the current energy boilers, turbines, and generators installed in Polish power plants are more than 20 years old. To meet the strict EU environmental requirements, modernization of existing installations is necessary.
The CHP plant will be in operation as of December 2012. The order is included in the Energy and Environmental Technology’s second quarter 2011 orders received.
The delivery scope includes boiler modifications, pressure parts, fuel yard expansion to enable a larger amount of biomass supply for fuel use, electrification and automation systems to control and monitor emissions. Several tests with agrofuels have been executed successfully, before project execution.
Elektrociepłownia Białystok is part of ENEA Group, one of Poland’s largest power sector groups. The Group’s basic operations are generation and distribution of electricity.
Metso (www.metso.com) is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. The company has about 29,000 employees in more than 50 countries.