Metso Wins Order For German Biomass Plant

Metso will supply Heizkraftwerk Zwickau Süd GmbH & Co. KG with a modularized biomass power plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) in the municipality of Zwickau in Germany. The CHP plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture, MW Power. The delivery encompasses the complete turnkey solution including not only the entire […]

Metso will supply Heizkraftwerk Zwickau Süd GmbH & Co. KG with a modularized biomass power plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) in the municipality of Zwickau in Germany. The CHP plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture, MW Power. The delivery encompasses the complete turnkey solution including not only the entire plant, but also all on-site installations and training. The value of the order is about EUR 20 million and the order is included in Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q2, 2011 orders received.

The plant will connect to the grid in late 2012. Forest residues and wood based landscaping material will be used for fueling. When in operation, the plant will produce a maximum of 10 megawatts (MWth) of district heat for the Zwickau municipality area and a maximum of 5 MW of electricity for the power grid.

The plant’s commercial viability is supported by the German Erneuerbare-Energien-Gesetz (EEG), a law that provides fixed feed-in tariffs for electricity produced from renewable sources and secures the payback period of the investment. The project has a significant impact on the local economy through the use of local labor and subcontractor network.

This will be the eighth delivery of such a complete modularized CHP plant to Germany by MW Power. “Through this investment, we will not only secure the production of district heat for our town but will also reduce our dependence on ever rising oil and gas prices. We are also very optimistic that the price paid for the district heat can be lowered from today’s level”, says Volker Schneider, Managing Director of ZEV GmbH. “We look forward to working with such an experienced supplier as MW Power on the construction of this biomass-fueled plant”, adds Olaf Lüdemann, Managing Director of CEE.

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