cogen & biomass: Round-up of recent projects

Fortum finalises Espoo CHP giant

1 June 2007

Finnish utility Fortum has outlined plans to build a new 220 million euro gas-fired CHP plant adjacent to its existing Suomenoja power plant in Espoo, Finland. The new facility will have an installed capacity of 234 MWe together with 214 MWt for use in district heating.

Pre-planning for the new plant has now been finalised and main equipment purchasing agreed for the station, which is due to be completed by the end of 2009. Preparation work for the power plant construction will be started in summer 2007.

According to Fortum, increasing demand for district heating in Espoo, Kauniainen and Kirkkonummi made the development feasible. It will also reduce the use of coal and oil in district heat production in the area. An environmental permit for the project was granted in August 2006.

Finnish consulting and engineering firm Pöyry has been awarded a 5 million euro contract by Fortum to provide services for the Espoo development.

Fortum also recently announced plans to invest about 110 million euro in a new waste-fuelled CHP plant in Brista near Stockholm in Sweden.

The new plant, with installed capacity of 57 MWt and 20 MWe, is expected to be operational at a turn of 2010-2011 and will be developed in conjunction with Fortum’s existing bio-fuelled power plant project in Brista. The decision to locate the new plant in Brista is based on the proximity to Ragn-Sell’s local waste treatment plant, and the fact that there is already a waste-fuelled CHP plant in the south of Stockholm. The new plant will have the capacity to process 240 000 tonnes of waste annually.

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