Reducing environmental impacts and the use of local fuels are a key factor in our operations.
We have been operating in Lithuania since 1999, where we currently employ about 100 people. Our power generation capacity is 18 MW. In 2015 we generated 463 GWh of heat and 143 GWh of electricity. In addition to the waste-to-energy combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Klaipėda, we have two smaller thermal power plants to generate and deliver district heat. They use gas and biofuel as their energy source.
Fortum and Lietuvos Energija formed a joint venture in 2015 to build a waste-to-energy CHP plant in Kaunas. The CHP plant is expected to be commissioned in autumn 2019. Fortum is a minority owner in the joint venture.
Combined heat and power plant in Klaipėda
The Klaipėda CHP plant uses non-hazardous municipal and industrial waste as fuel. The plant’s boiler can incinerate 250,000 tonnes of waste and biofuel annually and its energy efficiency is almost 90%.
The generation of energy from non-hazardous municipal and industrial waste is an important part of Fortum’s strategy; using waste as a local resource reduces environmental pollution caused by the emission of gases from waste dumps. The power plant operations are consistent with the objective of the city of Klaipėda to establish a new waste management system in the region that meets European Union environmental standards.