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Metso to Supply a Waste Gasification Plant
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Helsinki, Finland, 26 November 2009 --  Metso will supply a waste gasification plant to Lahti Energia Oy in Lahti, Finland. Metso’s supply includes waste gasification process, gas boiler and flue gas cleaning system with auxiliary systems and automation system for the whole power plant. The gasification plant represents new type of technology that enables Lahti Energia to convert recycled waste into energy at high efficiency and reduce use of fossil fuels in the city of Lahti. The new power plant will have two gasification lines, which will produce 50 MW of electricity and 90 MW of district heat. The commercial operation of the plant is scheduled for 2012. The order will be included in the Energy and Environmental Technology’s fourth quarter orders received. The value of the Metso order is not disclosed, but Lahti Energia’s total investment is EUR 157 million.

In a gasifier, waste is turned into combustable gas, which is cooled and cleaned and then burned in a high-efficiency gas boiler to produce steam for a steam turbine. Waste gasification is a new, innovative technology that uses recycled waste in energy production in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

“Our power plant project is internationally important. We will build a totally new kind of environmentally friendly technology. Our new plant will increase the total efficiency of the available energy production in the Lahti city area and also ensure sufficiency of electricity and especially heat for increasing needs in this area,” said Janne Savelainen, managing director of Lahti Energia.

Lahti Energia is a versatile energy company that produces energy and offers energy products. The company´s transfer grid covers the areas of Lahti and neighboring communities. Lahti Energia´s main products are electricity and district heat, and net sales amounted to EUR 157 million in 2008. Lahti Energia employs 220 people. For more information, visit www.lahtienergia.fi.

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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