• Finnish partners to work together on torrefied biomass plant

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

Finnish companies Joensuu Biocoal Oy (an offshoot of wealth management group Taaleri) and municipal power utility Savon Voima Oyj are to work together to build a torrefied biomass production facility at Joensuu in south-eastern Finland, at the site of Savon Voima’s Iiksenvaara combined heat and power plant.

Torrefied biomass can be used as a substitute for coal in the cement and steelmaking industries, as well as in water treatment and for soil improvement, and the feedstock will be by-products from the forestry industry, mainly bark and first thinnings. Construction is to start in in the coming months, with production to begin in mid-2023. The two companies are also forming a venture to procure biomass, with a strategic aim of being able to supply both the torrefaction plant and Savon Voima’s biomass-fired plants.