Metso to supply CHP systems in Latvia, Finland

By Lisa Gibson | July 12, 2011

Further expanding its global portfolio, equipment provider Metso Corp. will supply a combined-heat-and-power (CHP) system to a Fortum Power operation in Latvia, and another in Finland.

Jalgava, Latvia, as well as Järvenpää, Finland, will source district heat and electricity from their new biomass systems, running on feedstocks that will include wood and peat moss, according to Metso. The two systems will have approximately 70 thermal megawatts of steam capacity and will include bubbling fluidized bed boilers, producing high-pressure steam. The annual production of the Järvenpää plant, which will also provide heat and power for the nearby community of Tuusula, is about 280 gigawatt hours (GWh) of heat and about 130 gigawatt hours of electricity, according to Metso. The Jelgava, Latvia, system will produce 230 GWh of heat and 110 GWh of electricity. It is the first biomass plant of its scale in the country.

Metso’s delivery for both plants includes everything from fuel feeding to flue gas cleaning. Fortum, a sustainable energy solutions provider, is expanding its CHP business in the Baltic Rim area, surrounding the Baltic Sea in northern Europe. The company’s first CHP plant, also supplied by Metso, was established in Estonia in 2009 and was followed by several other projects in the area.

The Finland and Latvia plants are scheduled to commence operation in 2013.