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Estonia: Engineering Services Baltania and Pöyry Sign EPCM Agreement for First Industrial-Scale Torrefied Pellet Plant

Editor: Alexander Stark

Baltania has awarded Pöyry an assignment for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management (EPCM) services for the new Torrefied Pellet Plant project in Vägari, Estonia. The assignment includes project management, basic engineering, procurement and site supervision services.

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The plant will produce 157,000 t/a of torrefied pellets made of sustainable biomass sourced from forestry wastes and by-products of wood processing industry.
The plant will produce 157,000 t/a of torrefied pellets made of sustainable biomass sourced from forestry wastes and by-products of wood processing industry.
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Helsinki/Finland — According to a company statement, this project is a step forward in energy transition from fossil fuels to bio-coal made from renewable biomass. For this purpose, the client has brought together several companies to build a commercial, industrial scale torrefied pellet plant using the latest state-of-the-art technology. Participating companies include CEG and Pöyry. CEG delivers the torrefaction technology and Pöyry is the chosen partner for engineering, procurement, construction and management of the biomass energy project. The value of the order was not disclosed.

According to Ilkka Heikkilä, Pöyry's Regional Director for Thermal Power, this project is one of the first industrial size torrefied pellet production plants in the world and by far the largest one. The construction of this new production plant is expected to be completed during Q1/2020 and when in full operation it will produce 157,000 t/a of torrefied pellets made of sustainable biomass sourced from forestry wastes and by-products of wood processing industry.

Torrefaction is a thermochemical process applied to biomass which transforms it into a homogeneous fuel (bio-coal) with superior handling, energy density, water resistance and grindability properties that make it comparable with fossil coal and a sustainable replacement of fossil coal in power generation plants and other processes. The torrefaction process is based on CEG technology which offers a number of novel features. CEG's torrefaction process converts biomass into torrefied pellets and biochar utilising its proprietary torrefaction reactor. The torrefied products are produced with no net thermal energy imported from non-renewable systems.

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