new biomass-fuelled CHP plant in Pärnu, Estonia, has been inaugurated. The plant, which uses local fuels such as woodchips, wood residues from industry and milled peat, has a production capacity of 24 MW of electricity and 50 MW of heat.
Its annual sales volume will be 110 GWh of electricity and 220 GWh of heat, which is expected to cover the district heating demand of all Pärnu.
In operation since November 2010, the Pärnu plant is Fortum's second CHP plant in Estonia that runs on local fuels.
The company estimates that 10 more towns in Estonia have the potential to adopt similar, but smaller capacity CHP plants in the future.
‘Our new Pärnu CHP plant is highly efficient and environmentally friendly. The environmental impact from the production process of heat and electricity at the plant has been reduced to a minimum thanks to its fluidized bed technology boiler and local bio-fuels.
‘This is well aligned with Fortum's strategy that aims at as low as possible carbon dioxide emissions in all production,’ said Per Langer, executive vice president, Fortum Heat Division.
The new plant has created 16 new positions in the operation of the plant and about 300 indirect jobs in the fuel purchase chain and other services for the plant.