Metso to deliver new environmental waste gasification technology to Lahti Energia Oy in Finland

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Metso will supply a waste gasification plant to Lahti Energia Oy in Lahti, Finland

Metso’s supply includes waste gasification process, gas boiler and flue gas cleaning system with auxiliary systems and automation system for the whole power plant. The gasification plant represents new type of technology that enables Lahti Energia to convert recycled waste into energy at high efficiency and reduce use of fossil fuels in the city of Lahti significantly. There will be two gasification lines in the new power plant, and together they will produce 50 MW electricity and 90 MW district heat. The commercial operation of the plant is scheduled for 2012. The order will be included in the Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q4 orders received. The value of the Metso order is not disclosed but Lahti Energia’s total investment is EUR 157 million.

In a gasifier, waste is turned into combustable gas, which is cooled and cleaned and then combusted in a high-efficiency gas boiler to produce steam for a steam turbine. Waste gasification is a new, innovative technology to utilize recycled waste in energy production in an efficient and environmentally friendly way.

“Our power plant project is internationally important. We will build a totally new kind of environmentally friendly technology. Our new plant will increase the total efficiency of the available energy production in the Lahti city area and also ensure sufficiency of electricity and especially heat for increasing needs in this area”, says Janne Savelainen, Managing Director of Lahti Energia.

Lahti Energia is a versatile energy company which produces energy and offers energy products. The company’s transfer grid covers the areas of Lahti and neighbouring communities. Lahti Energia’s main products are electricity and district heat, and net sales amounted to EUR 157 million in 2008. Lahti Energia employs 220 people.

Metso is a global supplier of sustainable technology and services for mining, construction, power generation, automation, recycling and the pulp and paper industries. We have about 26,500 employees in more than 50 countries.

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  1. Now we must take advantage of bioenergy and plant nutrients in renewable organic material.

    Only with High Solids Anaerobic Digestion, where equipment and methods create best conditions for microorganisms, biogas plants can achieve efficiency. Two valuable products should be produced: biogas and biofertilizers, which is important for the cultivation of new plant biomass.

    All other gasification systems are unsustainable that is expensive, creates emissions, killing every living thing and are harmful to human health.

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