The largest biomethanol purification plant in the world


ANDRITZ GROUP, an international technology group based in Austria and active in the supply of plants, has announced a new order from Veolia Services Suomi, a Veolia group company, for the supply of a biomethanol purification station which will be used in the Metsä Fiber’s bioproducts plant in Äänekoski, Finland. The biomethanol purification plant will be used to refine the crude methanol sulphate generated in pulp production into commercial grade biomethanol.

The plant, which will be integrated with Metsä Fiber’s bioproducts plant in Äänekoski, Finland, refines crude methanol sulfate generated in pulp production into commercial-grade biomethanol.

The biomethanol treatment plant will be designed to produce 12,000 tons of biomethanol per year, which will make it the largest of its kind in the world when it is commissioned. Plant start-up is scheduled for 2024. ANDRITZ’s delivery to Veolia includes proprietary process design and full EPC delivery, excluding civil works.

The biomethanol purification process is part of the ANDRITZ CircleToZero initiative to achieve zero emissions and zero waste from pulp mills and is a patented extraction process producing commercial grade biomethanol. The CircleToZero initiative also offers other next-generation solutions for the pulp mill chemical recovery cycle, with the goal of making maximum use of pulp mill side streams.

The biomethanol treatment plant is a key element in the process of producing sustainable biomethanol from renewable raw materials. Non-fossil biomethanol can be used for applications in the pulp mill itself or as a substitute for fossil-based methanol in the transport sector (biodiesel) and as a chemical feedstock.

With the largest fossil-free biomethanol plant of its type in the world, Veolia and ANDRITZ’s unique technology strongly supports the development of Metsä Fibre’s unique bioproducts plant approach, which combines efficient use of raw materials with environmental and energy efficiency. In accordance with the principles of the circular economy, secondary production streams – in this case, crude methanol sulphate – are used and recovered to obtain products with the highest possible added value.

“Veolia attaches great importance to the way in which this industrial partnership has been developed on the basis of a common vision of more efficient use of natural resources and treatment of existing secondary flows to create new sustainable bioproducts that can replace fuels and fossil materials,” said Jacob Illeris, Business Development Manager. , said Veolia Nordic.

About the ANDRITZ Group

The international technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative digital plants, equipment, systems, services and solutions for a wide range of industries and end markets. ANDRITZ is a global market leader in its four business segments: Pulp & Paper, Metals, Hydropower and Separation. Technological leadership, global presence and sustainability are the cornerstones of the group’s strategy, focused on long-term profitable growth. The listed group has approximately 27,100 employees and more than 280 locations in more than 40 countries.

About ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides sustainable technology, automation and service solutions for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and fabric. Technologies and services focus on maximizing raw material utilization, increasing production efficiency, reducing overall operating costs as well as innovative decarbonization strategies and autonomous plant operation. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, various non-woven technologies, panel production systems (MDF), as well as solutions for recycling and shredding many wastes also make part of this field of activity. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies integrated into Metris scanning solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

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