Aker to proceed with 50MW biomass plant in Scotland

3 February 2010 - Aker Solutions previously announced that it had been awarded a power plant project in Europe. Aker Solutions confirms the contract, awarded by RWE, is to provide design, supply, installation, construction and commissioning for a new 50MW biomass renewable energy plant at the Tullis Russell Papermakers plant near Fife in Scotland. The contract value to Aker Solutions is $183M (GBP 115 million). The scope includes for all major plant items excluding the fluidized bed boiler and flue gas system which will be provided by Metso Power.

Sources anticipate a reduction in Tullis Russell's annual carbon emmissions by 250,000 tons. Work is scheduled to commence in February 2010, with commissioning completed in March 2013.

Currently, the plant's on-site production of heat and electricity is achieved with a combination of its own coal- and gas-fired cogeneration plant. Operation of the coal-fired plant is to be closed down under LCPD (Large Combustion Plant Directive) regulations and the new Biomass plant will secure continuing energy supplies.

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