Metso will supply Värnamo Energi AB with a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production in Värnamo in Sweden. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for autumn 2014. The value of the order is approximately EUR 17 million.
Metso's delivery will include a complete power plant, including installation, training and commissioning. The plant will have a thermal output of 13.4 MWth for district heating and an electrical output of 3.6 MWe. The plant will use local forest residues such as bark and wood chips as fuel.
"This is an important investment in the future of Värnamo and in the environment," says Gunnar Crona, Chairman of Värnamo Energi. "After this investment 100 % of the area's district heating will be produced with biomass. In addition, we will produce approximately 20 GWh of electricity annually, which means a doubling of locally produced green electricity."
"We are pleased to be entrusted with the supply of this power plant to Värnamo Energi," says Anders Steen, Managing Director of the Metso unit in charge of the project, MW Power AB. "It is also proof that the solutions we supply are at the forefront of the technological and environmental performance."
"We feel confident in Metso as a supplier," says Göran Hansson, CEO of Värnamo Energi. "This is Värnamo Energi's largest investment ever and with it we can ensure that our customers will continue to be supplied with heating at a competitive cost. Also, Värnamo community will get a modern, well-performing district heating production facility that will be able to fulfill its task for many years."
The order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2012 orders received.
Värnamo Energi AB's main function is to provide energy and IT communications through a well developed infrastructure. Värnamo Energi is wholly owned by Värnamo community. The company has more than 14,000 clients, a turnover of approximately EUR 35 million and the number of employees is forty.