Fortum has inaugurated a new combined heat and power plant in the city of Klaipeda, Lithuania. The plant uses municipal and industrial waste as well as biomass as fuels and is the first power plant of its kind in the Baltic countries.
The Finnish President Sauli Niinistö along with Dalia Grybauskaitė, President of the Republic of Lithuania, attended the plant’s inauguration ceremony.
“Using sorted waste as fuel in combined heat and power production is a sustainable solution for urban areas. It offers a cost-efficient answer to energy and waste management needs alike, and helps to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions compared to depositing waste in landfills,” says Fortum’s CFO Markus Rauramo.
The CHP plant replaces old natural gas-fired heat production in Klaipeda and reduces CO2 emissions by approximately 100 000 tons per year. The transfer to waste-fired combined heat and power generation also considerably increases energy efficiency compared to heat-only production and has a positive impact to the competitiveness of district heating as well as waste management costs.
“The Klaipeda power plant is the first of four we will inaugurate this year in the Baltic and Nordic countries. Combined heat and power production is at the core of our strategy, and we strongly believe in the benefits of using sustainable, local fuels whenever possible,” Rauramo continues.
With an energy efficiency close to 90%, the new power plant’s boiler can incinerate 230 000 tonnes of waste and biomass annually, giving it a power production capacity of 20 MW electricity and 50 MW heat. Furthermore, the plant is equipped with flue-gas condensers that enable the recovery of an additional15 MW of heat at peak demand times.
The plant will produce approximately 140 GWh of electricity and 400 GWh of heat per year, which covers approximately 40% of Klaipeda’s district heating demand. Heat from the plant will be sold to AB Klaipėdos energija, which also holds a 5% stake in the power plant.