Valmet has agreed with FICAP on the delivery of the world's first continuous steam explosion system, BioTrac, for production of black pellets. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up of the black pellet production plant is planned for 2020, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
The black pellet plant will be part of an existing large industrial area, located in the Region of Champagne-Ardenne in France. The integration of the BioTrac system and plant will be conducted by De Smet Engineers and Contractors (DSEC) of Belgium.
The pellet plant will produce both white and black pellets and has an annual capacity of 120,000 ton/year of pellets. The black pellets produced will be used mainly by district heating network operators and coal fired power plants as a substitute to fossil fuels. This project will therefore contribute to the phase out from fossil fuels and enable the production of 100% renewable energy.
Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.