Valmet to supply flue gas condensing process to Vantaa Energy

Valmet is to supply a flue gas condensing process to Vantaa Energy’s new high-temperature incineration plant in Vantaa, Finland.

The delivery will include an evaporative cooler, a baghouse filter with conditioned dry sorption (semi-dry), a condensing flue gas scrubber with heat recovery and condensate treatment, and a Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) for removal of nitrogen oxides (NOx).

The plant is designed to process household and industry waste that is classified as hazardous and not suitable for recycling.

The value of the order was undisclosed, but typically worth over €15m. The project will start this year and the plant is scheduled for completion in 2025.

The flue gas condensing equipment recovers heat from the incineration process and the waste heat produced will be used in the heating of properties in Vantaa.

The waste heat obtained from the plant will reduce the need for using natural gas and fossil fuels and supports the transition to clean energy production.

Jukka Toivonen, Vantaa Energy’s CEO, said the high-temperature incineration plant continues Vantaa Energy’s investment programme to phase out the use of fossil fuels in the company’s energy production as soon as possible and to continue towards carbon-negative energy production in 2030.

He said, “Energy utilisation of waste and carbon capture and processing into new products play a key role in our strategy.”

Lari-Matti Kuvaja, Manager, Sales & Technology, Environmental Systems, Pulp and Energy, Valmet, said the project illustrates Valmet’s ambition to provide sustainable emission reduction solutions to its customers.

Emilia Torttila-Miettinen will be Business Line President, Automation Systems at Valmet from December 1. She will be a member of Valmet’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.

Torttila-Miettinen began her career at Valmet in 2003 and has held different management positions in automation services (2014-2020) and product management and engineering (2004-2014).

Flexens and KIP Infra, part of Kokkola city council, recently signed a letter of intent regarding a land lease agreement for a facility with a hydrogen production capacity of approximately 300MW in the Kokkola Industrial Park area – the largest hydrogen project in the country to date. Production of mainly green hydrogen and ammonia aims to start at the end of 2027.

Berndt Schalin, Flexens CEO, said, “Hydrogen gas is already produced in Kokkola, which guarantees an established safe operating environment. In addition, there is a port in the area. Along the west coast, a type of ‘hydrogen hub’ is also being formed, as there is already the wind power and green electricity required for hydrogen production.”

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