ANDRITZ Receives Final Approval for Eldorado Brazil Biomass Facility

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ANDRITZ International Technology Group has received the Final Acceptance Certificate for a biomass handling plant at Eldorado Brazil's Onça Pintada site in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul.

This facility is part of Brazil's first thermoelectric power plant that uses eucalyptus stumps and roots.

The plant will generate 50 megawatts of power from an innovative source: eucalyptus stumps and roots, which are not used in the pulp-producing process. It will increase the company's capacity to generate energy from waste material derived from reforestation crops managed by the company in the states of Mato Grosso do Sul and So Paulo.

The daily processing capacity is 1,500 tonnes of previously wasted forest material—enough to generate enough electricity to light up a city of 700,000 inhabitants in a fully sustainable manner, and this power will also be supplied to the Brazilian national grid.

ANDRITZ said it had played a key role in the project—from the EPC model to the design and supply of the unique solutions and technologies required to implement a generating system for renewable energy. Among the innovations are the truck dumpers designed to receive the chips for feeding the boiler, according to the company. These chips are delivered by large-capacity vehicles.

The receiving system consists of two truck dumpers coupled to respective hoppers. There is a belt conveyor to receive the material from these hoppers and transport it to the pile. A stacker-reclaimer with a capacity of up to 40,000 m³ has the function of forming the pile and feeding a second belt conveyor, which is responsible for transporting the material to the power boiler.

ANDRITZ said this is a pioneering project and the first to use residues left over from pulp production. It promotes sustainable power generation initiatives, drastically reducing the impact on the environment and encouraging energy generation and pulp production that respects the boundaries of natural resource renewal.

Source: Bio Energy Insight

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