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Metso to Build Biomass Boiler in Texas
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Helsinki, Finland 10 November 2009 -- Metso will supply a biomass boiler to the Nacogdoches generating facility in Sacul, Texas, USA. The installation features a boiler and a distributed control system. The order will be included in the Energy and Environmental Technology’s fourth quarter orders received. The commercial operation of the plant is scheduled for 2012. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The biomass boiler plant will use bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and will use waste wood from logging and mill activity and urban wood waste from clearing, tree trimming, and pallets as the main fuel. The plant will produce approximately 100 MW of renewable electric power. Once operational, this boiler will be one of the largest and most efficient biomass boilers in the world.

The Nacogdoches generating facility will be owned and operated by Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company in the United States. The plant will supply Austin Energy, Inc. (the city-owned utility) of Austin, Texas, with a firm source of renewable electric power under the terms of a 20-year power purchase agreement.

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 26,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

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