Valmet will supply automation to AustroCel’s bioethanol plant currently under construction in Austria.
The advanced automation technology will provide the plant in Hallein with high operational flexibility, reliability and availability in producing biofuel to replace fossil fuel.
The order was included in Valmet’s orders received of the first quarter of this year. The value of the order is not disclosed.
The delivery will take place in June and the plant will start its operation at the end of the year.
The bioethanol from the plant is produced from waste materials from the adjacent viscose pulp mill through a process of fermenting and distilling wood sugar.
This biofuel will be added to petrol, replacing about 1% of the annual petrol consumption in Austria and saving around 50,000 tons of CO2 per year.
“We selected Valmet’s automation technology for our new bioethanol plant based on our positive experience with the Valmet DNA automation system in our pulp mill and the good service support we have received from the company over the years,” says Josef Kendlbacher, the project manager of AustroCel Hallein GmbH.
Mustafa Began, service area manager of automation, at Valmet added: “We have established a trustworthy relationship with AustroCel Hallein by working closely together and offering relevant life-cycle services to the mill.”
The Hallein plant has been using Valmet’s automation systems for decades. The first system, Damatic Classic, was delivered to the site in 1987 and upgraded to Damatic XD in 1989.
The system has been continuously renewed during the past 30 years as part of the Valmet DNA Software Life Cycle Agreement between the companies.
AustroCel Hallein employs more than 250 people and has a turnover of €146 million.
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