Fortum claims world first with bio-oil plant

Fortum is claiming a world first following the inauguration today of its new bio-oil plant in Finland.

The company claims that the facility in Joensuu is the first of its kind in the world on an industrial scale. Producing bio-oil from wood-based raw materials, the plant has been integrated with Fortum’s Joensuu combined heat and power plant.

The bio-oil is produced from forest residues, wood from first thinnings and other wood biomass, such as forest industry by-products, sourced locally from the Joensuu region.

Fortum says the bio-oil production will increase its wood use in energy production in Joensuu from 300,000 to 450,000 solid cubic meter per year.

Fortum chief financial officer Markus Rauramo said the use of bio-oil “has significant positive environmental impacts because energy produced with bio-oil reduces carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90 per cent or more compared to fossil fuels”.

Meanwhile, Fortum has commissioned a new unit at the Brista combined heat and power plant in Sigtuna, Stockholm.

The new unit, Brista 2, produces district heat for local residents and electricity for the Nordic power market from sorted municipal and industrial waste.

Brista power plant’s older unit, Brista 1 (pictured), produces district heat and electricity from biomass.

The new unit was inaugurated today by Sweden’s environment minister Lena Ek.

Brista 2 will use 240,000 tonnes of waste per year, which is equivalent to the amount of municipal waste generated in the Stockholm area.

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