Fortum invests in new biofuel-fired CHP plants
Fortum invests in two new biofuel-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Järvenpää, Finland, and Jelgava, Latvia. The combined investments total around EUR 160 million and the plants are estimated to start commercial operation in 2013. The environmentally-benign plant investments reduce CO2 emissions and increase the use of local fuels in both Järvenpää and Jelgava regions. The simultaneous construction of the two CHP plants also targets significant cost savings.
The new biofuel-fired plant, which will be constructed in Järvenpää, replaces current natural gas and heavy fuel oil heat production. The biofuels used in Järvenpää plant are mainly wood chips and by-products of the forest industry, such as sawdust and bark, and in addition some peat. The annual production of the plant is about 280 GWh of heat and about 130 GWh of electricity. The new plant will be connected to the existing Tuusula and Järvenpää district heat network, which will be combined into one network as part of the current investment.
A similar biofuel-fired CHP plant will be built in Latvia's fourth largest city, Jelgava. The plant provides heat to the district heat network, which has been managed by Fortum since 2008. The Jelgava CHP plant replaces heat provided by gas, and its annual production is approximately 230 GWh of heat and 110 GWh of electricity. The Jelgava plant is the first biofuel plant of this scale in Latvia.
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Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia and Baltic Rim area.