Engineering company Amec Foster Wheeler has been awarded a new contract by municipality-owned energy supplier Lahti Energia for the design, delivery, and assembly of a 158MW circulating fluidised-bed (CFB) steam generator plant.
To be installed at the bio-fuelled heating plant Kymijärvi III in Finland, the thermal CFB plant will be delivered by Amec Foster Wheeler alongside flue gas cleaning and other auxiliary equipment. The company will also carry out assembly and commissioning of the steam generator unit.
Amec Foster Wheeler's energia group president Tomas Harju-Jeanty said: “For many years, Lahti Energia has successfully utilised Amec Foster Wheeler's technologies and services at the Kymijärvi power plant.
“Our journey will now continue and we are very pleased to have been selected to deliver this state-of-the-art CFB boiler island for the Kymijärvi III-project.
“The boiler is designed to meet today's stringent environmental requirements and provide cleaner energy to the city.”
The CFB multi-fuel steam generator will be developed to burn bio-fuel made up largely of wood chips from forest residues and industry by-products. It has also been designed to use peat and coal as additional or alternative fuels.
Lahti Energia's managing director Eero Seesvaara said: “The Kymijärvi III bio-heating plant is a big step towards carbon-free energy production not only for Lahti Energia but also for the city of Lahti.
“This investment will provide strong support for the local economy and employment as part of the domestic fuel supply chain.
“The smooth execution of construction is very important for us. For that reason, we are very pleased to work with a well-known contractor like Amec Foster Wheeler.”
Lahti Energia’s 160MW Kymijärvi II facility started commercial operations on 21 May 2012 and is the first gasification plant in the world to use solid recovered fuel (SRF)..