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Largest biomass cogeneration facility in France begins operations

By Luke Geiver | October 03, 2012

The largest biomass-based combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility in France is now operating. Located in southwestern France at papermaker Smurfit Kappa Group LLC’s Biganos-Facture production facility, the 69 MW plant will use 503,000 metric tons of tree bark and fines from the pulp screening process to produce electricity and 260 metric tons of steam per hour.

Dalkia, a subsidiary of Veolia Environmental, performed the installation that included replacing the facility’s existing heating plant. The two-year build-out required to erect the 40 meter high biomass boiler will allow the facility to produce high-pressure steam in two turbo alternators that will produce electricity to sell to EDF Energy. The low pressure steam created at the site will be used to dry paper made by Smurfit Kappa.

Feedstock used at the facility will be provided by two sources. Roughly 200,000 metric tons of branches and tree stumps will come from Smurfit Kappa’s Comptoir du Pin logging company. Dalkia will supply another 84,000 metric tons of woody biomass through its own supply chain.

Franck Lacroix, chairman of Dalkia, called the facility rare in size, adding that the it has allowed the company to create a regional biomass supply chain that has created 94 jobs, 24 related to the plant and 70 linked to the supply chain.

In July, Smurfit Kappa also began operating a 21.4 MW cogeneration facility at a paper mill in Nervion, Spain, where pulp waste, woody biomass and black liquor is used to provide steam for the facility.

 

 

 

3 Responses

  1. Haim Branisteanu

    2012-10-08

    1

    This is a true waste of resources, by using 503,000 metric tons of tree bark and fines from the pulp screening process. It is robbing Peter to pay Paul scheme of narrow minded engineers who deplete the forests of very much needed nutrients damaging the eco-system by depriving the forest of much needed forestry waste for co-habitation of w large variety of forest dwelling species. The roughly 200,000 metric tons of branches and tree stumps will come from Smurfit Kappa’s Comptoir du Pin logging company should have been left in the forest to fertilize the soil for future forest generation. To build such a facility today when so much is known about the importance of forestry / woody waste to the environments is an outright crime, by destroying hundreds of thousands of tons of natural nutrient to satisfy some greedy pulp and paper mill owners, Veolia who cashed in, and other narrow-minded bookkeepers and accountants.

  2. Haim Branisteanu

    2012-10-08

    2

    This is a true waste of resources, by using 503,000 metric tons of tree bark and fines from the pulp screening process. It is robbing Peter to pay Paul scheme of narrow minded engineers who deplete the forests of very much needed nutrients damaging the eco-system by depriving the forest of much needed forestry waste for co-habitation of w large variety of forest dwelling species. The roughly 200,000 metric tons of branches and tree stumps will come from Smurfit Kappa’s Comptoir du Pin logging company should have been left in the forest to fertilize the soil for future forest generation. To build such a facility today when so much is known about the importance of forestry / woody waste to the environments is an outright crime, by destroying hundreds of thousands of tons of natural nutrient to satisfy some greedy pulp and paper mill owners, Veolia who cashed in, and other narrow-minded bookkeepers and accountants.

  3. Amano

    2012-10-17

    3

    This is good to see renewable electricity power source in place in France. Going out of nuclear with these initiatives is welcome. Probably 100% of woodden waste is taken from plantation forests and as forests are harvested they are replanted and there is no need of anything else. Fertilization happens with the new plantation.

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