Pori Energia’s Aittaluoto 2020 project targets to replace the old and less efficient power plant process and reduce the use of fossil fuels in energy production and meet the operational requirements of the industry in the area.

The upgrading is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of the Aittaluoto power plant by 88,000 tons annually. Valmet’s automation technology is expected to improve plant availability and emissions control.

The current order is included in orders that Valmet has received for the fourth quarter 2018. The details of the order value are not disclosed.

The company says the value of typical automation system deliveries ranges from below €1m to €3m. The modernized biomass power plant is expected to start its operation by the summer of 2020.

Pori Energia’s says its existing Aittaluoto power plant has already Valmet’s automation systems in use, and both the companies have cooperated closely for a longer period of time to develop its automation level.

Pori Energia managing director of Matti Rintanen said: “Integrating the automation system of the new biomass power plant seamlessly with our existing system will provide us with significant savings both in operating and maintaining the plant.”

Valmet automation sales director Olli Koivumäki said: “I want to thank Pori Energia for their confidence in Valmet with this important project.

“I am especially happy that we have been selected to supply automation to all major bioenergy projects in Finland this year – in Pori, Lahti and Oulu. Our customers’ trust gives us a solid foundation to further develop our operations in the bioenergy sector in the coming years.”

In February 2018, Valmet received an order for a flue gas condensation and heat recovery system for the same plant.