Finland’s Fortum is to build two biofuel-fired CHP plants in Jarvenpaa, Finland, and Jelgava, Latvia. The combined investments total around EUR160 million (US$230 million) and the plants are estimated to start commercial operations in 2013.
 
The plant in Jarvenpaa will replace existing natural gas and heavy fuel oil heat production. The biofuels used there will be mainly wood chips and by-products of the forest industry, such as sawdust and bark and peat.
 
The annual production of the plant is anticipated to be about 280 GWh of heat and around 130 GWh of electricity.
 
The new plant will be connected to the existing Tuusula and Jarvenpaa district heat network, which will be combined into a single network.
 
A similar plant will be built in Latvia’s fourth largest city, Jelgava. This plant will provide 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.
 
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