Fortum is replacing part of its fossil-based heat production by building a biofuel-fired heating facility in Kivenlahti, Espoo using clean wood-based fuels. The value of the investment is over EUR 40 million.
The new facility will have a fuel power of 49 MW, and its efficiency will be significantly improved with an efficient flue gas condenser, producing a maximum total heat output of up to 58 MW.
The construction of the plant is a significant step towards carbon neutral district heating production in Espoo, as the plant will allow for the decommissioning of the old coal-fired heating boiler in Suomenoja.
Construction of the new facility starts in November 2018, and heat production is scheduled to begin in 2020. The planned heat production of the facility is 350–380 GWh, which corresponds to the annual heat consumption of more than 21,000 homes. The new heating plant will be located in the area of the existing Kivenlahti facility, where two wood pellet boilers already produce district heat.