Metso to supply EUR30m biomass power plant to Belgium

6 January 2010 – Metso will supply 4HamCogen, a subsidiary of 4Energy Invest, with a biomass power plant for combined heat and power production (CHP) in the municipality of Ham in the Belgian province of Limburg.

The power plant will be delivered by the Metso-Wärtsilä joint venture MW Power. The plant automation system will be delivered by Metso’s Automation business line.

The total value of Metso’s share of the investment is approximately EUR30m ($43m). The start-up of the plant is scheduled for Q2 in 2011. The order is included in Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q4 orders received.

The new modular biomass power plant will utilize bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and will use non-contaminated biomass as the main fuel.

With the new cogeneration plant, 4HamCogen will feed 8.4 MW of electricity into the distribution grid and will be able to deliver up to 14 MW of heat.

4Energy Invest, the parent company of 4HamCogen, is a Belgian based renewable energy company that aims at creating and managing a portfolio of small to middle-sized biomass-to-energy projects.