Industry News Winning with outsourcing

Uni Viridas delivers fuel and sells heat and electricity from their biomass power plant in Babina Greda, Croatia. Everything else is looked after by Valmet. This successful cooperation was continued with the operation and maintenance contract’s extension in early 2019. By Kristofer Sjöblom


utsourcing operation and maintenance of a mill or plant can be a win-win solution. This is

the case for Babina Greda’s biomass powerplant, which was engineered and built by Valmet. When it comes to scope, the agreement represents the first of its kind in Valmet’s history and has proven successful for both parties. “Outsourcing operation and

maintenance are a smart step in maximizing the benefit-cost ratio, considering we’re an investment group (Unit Group) with a large portfolio of power generation assets. They significantly decrease the workload for an investment company, and the plant can benefit from the good relations between Valmet and its suppliers. Also, the operation and maintenance guarantees provided by Valmet are important to us,” says Alkin Yaman, General Manager of Uni Viridas.

Successful outsourcing The Babina Greda power plant was built by Valmet in 2015. The scope of delivery included civil works, buildings, fuel handling equipment, a turbine and generator, and a water treatment system. In 2015, Valmet began to operate and maintain the plant on behalf of the customer – for the first time ever to such an extensive scope. The agreement was extended by 10 years at the beginning of 2019. “Our journey with Valmet started

well before the operation of the power plant, during the EPC implementation period. All the people we met at Valmet shared a strong company culture, proven expertise and good communication skills. Once these are in place, there’s a very strong chance of success, and this is what we’ve experienced when we’ve worked with Valmet,” says Yaman.

Top-notch technology Suncica Lalic is a Croatian

The Babina Greda biomass power plant is a fluidized bed boiler – BioPower 8 CEX modular power plant – with a maximum electrical output of 10 MWel, based on a maximum heat output of 16 MWth. Forest biomass wood chips are the utilized fuel.

entrepreneur and a board member of Uni Viridas. She saw the building of the Babina Greda plant as a very good investment opportunity. “The investment has turned out well. The power plant performs

wonderfully because of the project’s excellent execution. It has proved to be perfectly constructed and designed. We’re very proud of Babina Greda,” says Lalic. “The equipment and technology

The teams from Unit and Valmet at the signing ceremony in Istanbul at Unit’s head office. 16 Forest Bioenergy Review Spring 2020

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