Energostatik d.o.o and KPA Unicon have signed a contract on the supply of Unicon Altius 5 MWe biomass power plant to Grubišno Polje in Croatia. The plant will generate electricity to the local power grid and heat to the nearby wood processing plant. Wood biomass is used as fuel. The new power plant will be handed over to the customer in the fall of 2018. The developer of the project is a French company called Akuo Energy.
KPA Unicon delivers the power plant on an EPC turn-key contract basis. The scope of supply includes design, civil engineering and foundation works, building, steel structures, all main and process equipment, installation work, commissioning and training of the personal. The contract also includes a high-tech PlantSys system which enables remote support, operation and monitoring of the plant. The parties have also agreed on a 14-year operation and maintenance contract.
The plant design is based on KPA Unicon’s Biograte combustion technology. Unicon Biograte is a proven and reliable combustion technology with over 100 references.
“KPA Unicon’s bioenergy solutions cover a wide range of combustion technologies and services. Akuo Energy opted for KPA Unicon’s customer-oriented approach and standardized combustion technology solution. Akuo Energy also wanted us to take responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the plant. We are very pleased about the trust demonstrated by Akuo Energy, and in this project we see a number of goals in line with our international strategy”, says Kari Liukko, Energy Business Director of KPA Unicon.
“As a project developer, it was crucial to Akuo Energy to choose an EPC partner who can support project development with economical technology, efficient plant performance and project delivery capabilities. We value KPA Unicon’s customer-oriented solution and way of working. In addition to the plant delivery, we wanted to ensure long term operation of the plant by using KPA Unicon´s operation and maintenance capabilities”, says Emil Bakic, director of Akuo Energy MED.
The power plant construction has been ongoing since December 2016. Laying of the foundation stone was celebrated in Grubišno Polje on May 19, 2017 in the presence of representatives of the central and local governments as well as the Finnish Embassy. At the ceremony, KPA Unicon was represented by Pekka Kovanen, Chairman of the Board, and Arttu Laitinen, Key Account Manager of KPA Unicon.
Akuo Energy is the leading French independent renewable energy power producer. Akuo Energy is present across the whole value chain, including project development, financing, construction, and operation. As of end-2016, Akuo Energy had invested USD 1.9 billion for a total capacity of 960 MW in operation and under construction and over 2 GW in projects being developed. Energostatik d.o.o is Akuo Energy’s project company in Croatia.
KPA Unicon provides responsible energy solutions for efficient energy production. The company specializes in boiler and power plant projects. The solutions utilize biomass fuels as well as fossil fuels sustainably. KPA Unicon also provides operation and maintenance services, and offers support during the whole life cycle of plants. KPA Unicon’s headquarters are located in Pieksämäki, Finland. The company employs 250 energy industry professionals.