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Pori Energia plans EUR 50m power plant revamp

Pori Energia has announced a EUR 50 million investment into a new biomass boiler for its Aittaluoto combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Pori, Finland.

Pori Energia has announced that its Aittaluoto combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Pori western Finland is to undergo a EUR 50 million revamp (photo courtesy Pori Energia).

Pori Energia has announced that its Aittaluoto combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Pori western Finland is to undergo a EUR 50 million revamp (photo courtesy Pori Energia).

Finnish energy utility Pori Energia has announced that its ageing Aittaluoto combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Pori western Finland is to undergo a EUR 50 million boiler replacement and flue gas treatment overhaul. The planned investment, which needs to be completed by June 2020 in order to be in compliance with EU Industrial Emissions Directive, will enable an increase of the share of biomass fuels used as well as increase the overall fuel efficiency of the plant thanks to new heat recovery equipment.

– Aittaluoto power plant has received emission permit pursuant to the new EU Industrial Emissions Directive. We have received a transitional period until 2020 to get ourselves in line with the requirements of Directive. The boilers date back to 1968 to 1981 with fairly extensive improvements made during the 1990’s. However their modernisation would not have been economically viable and our aim is to increase the renewable energy share, said Matti Rintanen, President and CEO, Pori Energia.

The Aittaluoto CHP plant is located in the centre of the Pori Aittaluoto industrial area. Consisting of two fluidised bed boilers with a combined thermal input of 206 MW and 55 MW electric output, it currently supplies district heat to the Pori and Ulvila district heating networks as well as process steam to the industrial park. The plant uses a mix of fuels including woody biomass and peat.

 

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