Mar 21 2017
Waste to Energy in Kaunas, main suppliers contracted
The joint venture Kauno Kogeneracinė Jėgainė (KKJ), owned by Fortum and Lietuvos Energija, will build a waste-to-energy combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Kaunas, Lithuania.
On 16th March KKJ signed contracts for the main equipment and the EPCM-consultancy (engineering, procurement, construction and management). The next stage in the project is finalisation of engineering and according to plans, the power plant construction activities are to start in the autumn, 2017. The CHP plant is expected to be commissioned in the middle of year 2020.
Germany-based Standardkessel Baumgarte has confirmed it will supply the facility’s boiler. It will be able to process up to 300,000t/yr, offering the potential for expansion.
France-based LAB will deal with the plant’s flue gas treatment, while Finnish firm Konecranes will deliver its bunker cranes.
Siemens Lithuanian-based subsidiary Siemens Osakeyhtio and Odstepny Zavod Industrial turbomachinery will jointly deliver the steam turbine and generator equipment.
Project announced in 2015
Fortum announced the joint venture on 15 October 2015. The investment of the project amounts to approximately EUR 160 million. Fortum’s direct commitment is approximately EUR 27 million.The electricity capacity of the Kaunas waste-to-energy plant is 24 MW and thermal capacity is about 70 MW. The new plant will produce annually approximately 500 GWh heat and 170 GWh electricity.
Lietuvos Energija, a state owned energy group, owns 51% of Kauno Kogeneracinė Jėgainė shares, meanwhile, Fortum Heat Lietuva has 49% of the shares.
The total investment cost of the plant is approximately EUR 150 million, of which Fortum’s direct commitment is approximately EUR 20 million. According to current plans, the new plant will use annually approximately 200,000 tons of local municipal waste to produce heat to Kaunas city district heating network, which serves approximately 111,000 households and 3,500
businesses. The plant is estimated to reduce the CO2 emissions by 65,000 tons per year. Furthermore, it will significantly reduce the need to deposit waste in the landfills.
Fortum is a leading clean-energy company that provides its customers with electricity, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. We employ some 8,000 professionals in the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia, Poland and India, and 62% of our electricity generation is CO2 free. In 2016, our sales were EUR 3.6 billion. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. www.fortum.com