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Jämtkraft reveal plans for a new biomass CHP plant in Östersund

Swedish municipal energy company Jämtkraft AB has revealed plans for a new biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant to be built in Östersund in central Sweden. The new CHP plant will be built in Lugnvik adjacent to Jämtkraft's existing biomass-fired district heating production facility.

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In Sweden, Jämtkraft AB has revealed plans for a new biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant to be built in Östersund. An artist’s montage of how the new CHP plant (right) in Lugnvik could look adjacent to the existing (left) CHP facility (image courtesy Jämtkraft).

The background to the investment, the estimated value of which has not been disclosed, is that two older boilers built in the 1980s will soon need replacing.

A new cogeneration plant is more efficient and means that we will also be able to produce more renewable electricity. With modern technology we will also reduce emissions to air and water further compared to the older boilers, remarked Ulf Lindqvist, Head of Heat Production at Jämtkraft.

The new CHP plant will complement the existing biomass-fired CHP plant which was commissioned in 2002. Both will run in parallel and together they will contribute to the safe supply of heat and electricity from renewable energy. The total amount of renewable electricity generated by Jämtkraft at Lugnvik will also increase as a result of a new CHP unit.

The old boilers will remain in situ as back-up boilers in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Written consultation process

Consultations will now be initiated with both the County Administrative Board and the municipality as well as with the other parties concerned to capture what views are present on the planned change of operations. Thereafter, Jämtkraft can apply for a permit from the Land and Environmental Court to build the new cogeneration plant.

Since there are restrictions on physical meetings, we will have written consultations. Materials will be sent out to those who are directly affected, but it is also possible to access all the supporting documents for our plans on Jämtkraft’s website, said Ulf Lindqvist.

A final investment decision will be made in 2021 and the hope is that the construction could begin in spring 2022 and that the plant will be operational 24 months after construction start.

This will be one of Jämtkraft’s larger projects, which of course will create many jobs in the coming years, said Ulf Lindqvist.

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