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Large-scale biomass gasification planned for Finland

The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has provided bioenergy company Vaskiluodon Voima Oy with €18 million to build a gasification plant in Vaasa, Finland. The total project cost is expected to be about €40 million.


February 21, 2012
By Pulp & Paper Canada

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The Nordic Investment Bank (NIB) has provided bioenergy company Vaskiluodon Voima Oy with €18 million to build a gasification plant in Vaasa, Finland. The total project cost is expected to be about €40 million.

The facility will produce 140MW and is to be connected to a power plant that is already established, allowing for domestic biofuels and peat to be substituted for a portion of the coal used by the power plant.

Coal use will be lowered by between 25-40%. The fuel mix for the gasification system that will be made up of about 25% peat and 75% forest residues and biomaterials such as reed.

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This is the first plant of its size to be built in Finland. This biomass gasification technology has never before been used on such a large scale, and it has previously been used for drier fuels, the company states.