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Siemens to deliver steam turbine to Oulun Energia’s new biopower plant

Germany-headed technology "powerhouse" Siemens AG has announced that its Finnish subsidiary Siemens Osakeyhtiö has been contracted by energy utility Oulun Energia Oy to supply a 75 MWe steam turbine and generator with peripherals and associated automation to Oulun Energia's biomass-fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant project in Laanila, Finland.

Aerial view with artist’s rendering of Laanila biopower plant (image courtesy Oulun Energia / UKI Arkkitehdit).

The construction of the EUR 200 million biomass combined heat power (CHP) plant is scheduled to begin in summer 2018 and expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Siemens Osakeyhtiö will supply a 75 MWe steam turbine and generator with peripherals and associated automation to the power plant.

By enabling the high efficiency of electricity production, we are contributing to Oulun Energia’s goal of carbon neutrality. With our strong turbine expertise, we are able to optimize the power plant’s energy production in different load situations. The new turbine delivery also strengthens our position as the leading player in the field in Finland, said Jussi Uddfolk, Senior Vice President, Power and Gas Division, Siemens Osakeyhtiö.

The new plant replaces the old Toppila 1 power plant unit. Emissions will decrease significantly compared to the old power plant unit bringing Oulu a significant step closer to carbon-neutral energy production,

Oulu Energy’s energy production is expected to be totally carbon neutral by 2050. The new power plant is a step towards eco-friendly energy production in a cost-effective and low-emission manner, said Juhani Järvelä, President and CEO of Oulun Energia.

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