Danish engineering company Aalborg Energie Technik in northern Jutland has received two orders for the design and establishment of two advanced power stations using biomass as feedstock, reports financial daily newspaper Børsen. The orders, for Italy and France respectively, have a total value of DKK 350m (USD 67.2 m) and are scheduled for commissioning in 2011.
Hans Erik Askou, director of Aalborg Energie Technik is pleased with the orders and says the company will now increase its workforce. "We employ about 70 staff, but we need more well-educated people – probably 20 to 40 extra people."
The Italian customer Zignago Power, a division of Zignago Holding whose activities include production of glass packaging for the international cosmetics and food industry, has placed an order for a power station which will use 70% wood and 30% other fuels as its feedstock. The power station will be located between Venice and Trieste, and will supply electricity to 25,000 households. Zignago Power estimates that the ROI period will be three to four years.
"We are winning projects on our knowledge and experience. We can compete on price with the big players. And we can beat the small ones on experience and very reliable plants," says Askou, adding that both buyers have indicated that they expect to establish more biomass-fuelled power stations.
Aalborg Energie Technik was established in 1996 and has since built or rebuilt a number of power stations in Europe including Randers CHP Plant in Jutland which subsequently uses both coal and wood chips as feedstock.