Fortum moves forward with Lithuania waste-to-energy CHP plant

By Anna Simet | March 17, 2017

Fortum has announced that a joint venture (JV) project to build a waste-to-energy (WTE), combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Lithuania is moving forward and construction is planned for the fall.

The plant will be located in Kaunas, the country’s second-largest city.

Kauno Kogeneracinė Jėgainė, a JV with Lietuvos Energija that was initially announced two years ago, has signed contracts for main equipment and EPC contractors and management, according to Fortum. Finalization of engineering is underway, and if construction begins in the fall as planned, the plant will be commissioned in mid-2020.

Capacity of the plant, which will use 200,000 tons annually of local, municipal waste to produce heat for the Kaunas city district heating network, will be 70 MWt and 24MWe.

The plant marks Fortum’s second WTE, CHP plant in Lithuania, as the company commissioned the country’s first facility of that kind, a 20 MW plant, in Klaipeda in 2013. Fortum has invested in new CHP plants in Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland over the past several years.