Utilitas installs turbine and generator at Mustamäe biomass CHP plant
In Estonia, AS Utilitas Tallinn, a subsidiary of Utilitas Energy Group has taken delivery of a steam turbine and a generator at its Mustamäe energy production complex, which is currently under reconstruction. This is an important stage in establishing the new Utilitas biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant.
The plant that will operate entirely on local renewable fuels will be ready for work in autumn and it will satisfy the electricity consumption needs of nearly 40,000 households in the Estonian capital Tallinn that operate on district heating.
The steam turbine was transported to Estonia from the German MAN factory. Mounting it in the cogeneration plant marks an important milestone in the construction process, said Andres Veske, Chairman of the Management Board of AS Utilitas Tallinn.
He added that the new plant will generate electricity and heat from local woodchips – logging and forestry waste.
Cogeneration from renewable fuel is the most efficient way to save heat and electricity, it ensures that we are using primary energy to a full extent and reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, Veske noted.
Utilitas is investing almost EUR 44 million into the reconstruction of the Mustamäe energy production complex, modernising the existing boiler house and establishing a plant that generates electricity and heat from renewable energy. The new cogeneration complex with an electrical power of 10 MW and thermal power of 47 MW will provide heat to Tallinn’s households whereas the generated electricity will be sold on the open market.
Apart from the steam turbine from MAN Energy Solutions SE, the technical side of the Utilitas cogeneration plant in Mustamäe is designed and mounted by the Austrian company URBAS Maschinenfabrik and the contractor for general construction is AS Maru Ehitus. Approximately 80 people are working daily at the construction site.