Europe’s largest forest-biomass-fired power plant is being developed by Siemens for Wien Energie Bundesforste Biomasse Kraftwerk in Vienna, Austria, at a cost of more than €50 million.

Commissioning is scheduled for June 2006 when the plant will consume as much as 200,000 tonnes of timber annually delivering 24.5 MW of electrical power and a further 37 MW of district heating. In cogeneration mode the plant’s efficiency will increase to over 80%.

Siemens is the general contractor for the overall project, supplying the steam generator, fuel handling system, steam turbine-generator and flue-gas cleaning system with catalytic reactor. Delivery and installation of the entire electrical and instrumentation and controls equipment, and integration of the plant into the existing power plant infrastructure are also part of the order.