Opcon gets upgrade job for E.on biomass plant in Sweden
Oct 15, 2013 - Swedish Opcon AB (STO:OPCO) got an order for a wet steam turbine (WST) to help German utility E.on AG (ETR:EOAN) transform the Solleftea district heating plant in Sweden into a combined heat and power (CHP) facility.
The aim of the project is to boost the plant’s efficiency.
The renewable energy company said on Tuesday that under the engineering, procurement and construction order from E.on Vaerme Sverige AB it will supply and install its waste heat solution Opcon Powerbox WST-CU for the plant in Sweden. The contract for Opcom represents a three-year lease deal with an option for E.on to purchase the equipment later.
Opcon explained that the WST is to produce more than 4 GWh of power per year using steam at one of the Solleftea plant’s biomass-fired boilers. Furthermore, the condensing unit (CU) of the Powerbox will turn the steam into hot water for the district heating grid. Thus it will additionally boost the district heating plant’s efficiency, Opcom said.
Commissioning of the transformed CHP plant is expected in the spring of next year.
At present the Solleftea district heating plant produces 65 GWh of heat annually using two biomass boilers of 12 MW and 5 MW plus a 3-MW flue gas condenser from an Opcon subsidiary.