E.ON has announced that it is to construct a biomass power plant on a paper mill site owned by UPM in Hürth, Germany. The new plant will have an electrical output of 20MW, and a thermal firing capacity of 87 MW. E.ON said that it is planning to invest around €110 million in the project.
In addition to supplying heat to the Hürth paper mill, the plant will feed renewable energy into the grid and thus contribute to the energy transition, climate protection, and the stability of the German power grid. E.ON will obtain the fuel, residual wood, locally. The plant is scheduled to start operations in the first quarter of 2022.
Karsten Wildberger, Board member at E,ON, said: “Together with UPM, we will demonstrate that it is possible to supply an energy-intensive industrial company with an economical and reliable CO2-neutral energy supply. We will be contributing our experience and mature technology to the partnership. UPM and E.ON will thus set an example of climate-friendly energy supply for industry that goes far beyond the paper industry.”
Winfried Schaur, Executive Vice President for UPM Communication Papers, said: “The new supply would significantly reduce UPM Hürth’s CO2 footprint. The project supports the long-term phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany. The new plant ensures a stable and economically predictable supply of heat to the site, and would make our production cycle in Hürth, which is already based on 100 per cent recovered, even more sustainable.”