KPA Unicon to modernize boiler plant at Keitele Timber sawmill in Finland
KPA Unicon and Keitele Energy have agreed to modernize the existing boiler plant at the Keitele Timber sawmill, which is located in Keitele, Finland. The modernization project will be implemented during 2022.

KPA Unicon to modernize boiler plant at Keitele Timber sawmill in Finland

KPA Unicon to modernize boiler plant at Keitele Timber sawmill  in Finland

KPA Unicon and Keitele Energy have agreed to modernize the existing boiler plant at the Keitele Timber sawmill, which is located in Keitele, Finland. This is a large-scale modernization project, which will invest in cleaner energy production and modernize the plant’s automation and other systems. The modernization project will be implemented during 2022.

“The solution delivered to Keitele consists of intelligent and environmentally friendly clean energy solutions. The investment helps our partner to operate efficiently, effectively and responsibly. For KPA Unicon, this is the ninth plant delivery to Keitele Group”, says Jukka-Pekka Kovanen, Managing Director of KPA Unicon.

“With the investment, we will enable us to increase the production capacity of the Keitele sawmill in 2022. We constantly want to invest in efficient and modern technology that enables energy-efficient operations and reduces the environmental impact of our operations”, says Ilkka Kylävainio, Managing Director, Keitele Energy Oy.

The new energy system is based on Unicon Renefluid fluidized bed boiler technology, which combines the highest efficiency on the market, low operating costs, a very wide range of fuels and fast load change capability. It replaces the 7.5 MW fluidized bed boiler installed in 1994. As part of the energy system, KPA Unicon will supply the 15 MW boiler, auxiliary equipment and a Unicon Bag filter flue gas cleaning system. The Unicon Bag filter is an effective way to filter out hazardous particles from the breathing air. In addition, KPA Unicon is responsible for the recycling and modification of the existing equipment and modernization of the control and automation system as part of the overall delivery.

Keitele mainly produces pine and spruce sawn timber, with exports accounting for 94% of production in 2020. The heat generated by the new energy system will be used to dry the timber produced by the sawmill. As a fuel the plant will utilize the by-products of the sawmill, such as sawdust and cutter chips, as well as bark, wood chips and milled peat.

Keitele Group’s core operations are responsible wood procurement from Finnish forest owners as well as wood sawing and further processing.

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