Finland’s Fortum has been recognised for its investments in highly efficient CHPs based on local fuels.

The award was announced at the annual COGEN Europe gathering in Brussels.

Despite challenging business conditions and diverse local legislative requirements, Fortum has in one year commissioned a portfolio of four new combined heat and power (CHP) plants in four different countries in the Baltic Rim area. All those plants increase the share of heat and electricity produced from renewable sources in the region by 86 MWe and 243 MWth, which roughly equals to the heat consumption of approximately 50,000 and electricity consumption of approximately 80,000 households.

Klaipeda waste-fuelled CHP plant in Lithuania, Järvenpää bio-fuelled CHP plant in Finland, Jelgava bio-fuelled CHP plant in Latvia and Brista waste-fuelled CHP plant in Sweden were the four plants signalled out of the Fortum portfolio.
In Klaipeda reduced dependence on imported local problems with waste management transforming all local municipal waste into heat and electricity thus helping Klaipeda region meet the EU requirements of the Waste Directive. District heating networks in Stockholm and Jelgava also benefit from lower production costs which will eventually also benefit the customer. Additionally, CO2 emissions levels are reduced when gas or oil based heat boilers are replaced with efficient waste or biomass-fired CHP units.

When accepting the award Håkan Grefberg, Senior Advisor to Fortum Heat business said: “We are proud to have developed the first waste based CHP plant in the Baltic countries, which is now serving the local community in Klaipeda and we are a proud owner of the largest bio-fired CHP plant in Latvia.”
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“Construction of several plants in different countries at the same time was challenging to our organisation, but for example the simultaneous construction of ‘twin’ plants in Järvenpää and Jelgava brought substantial cost-efficiency and reduced the time for project implementation”, says Markku Nordström, Industry Intelligence Manager at Fortum Heat business.

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