28 September 2010
Fortum to build a new waste-fired unit for the Brista combined heat and power
plant in Sweden
Fortum has made an investment decision to build a new waste-fired unit for its
combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Brista, Sweden. The value of the project
is about 200 million euros, and completion of the new production unit, Brista
2, is planned for 2013.
Brista 2 will be built outside of Stockholm and will be fuelled by municipal
waste, among other things. The new production unit will burn about 240,000
tonnes of waste annually, an amount that is equivalent to the annual waste
generated by a population the size of the City of Stockholm. The capacity of
Brista 2 is about 57 megawatts (MW) heat and 20 MW electricity, which equals
the heat and electricity consumption of about 40,000 middle-sized, Swedish
”Fortum's goal is to significantly decrease the environmental and climate
impacts of its energy production during the next decade. The construction of
Brista 2 is a smart solution in terms of the environment because a
waste-to-energy power plant employing the latest technology almost always
produces less emissions into the air and water than when using other fuels”,
says Anders Egelrud, Managing Director of Fortum's heat business in Sweden.
In conjunction with the investment decision, Fortum opened up the possibililty
for future co-ownership of Brista 2 with Sollentuna Energi, the energy company
of the nearby Sollentuna municipality.
Fortum has long experience in utilising waste in energy production
The amount of municipal waste has increased in recent years, so efficient waste
processing is becoming increasingly important. Sweden's prevailing ban on
dumping burnable waste in landfills has contributed to the new waste-to-energy
production capacity that has been built there recently. Fortum has long
experience in utilising waste in energy production from the Högdalen CHP plant
in Stockholm, which has incinerated municipal waste since 1970. The plant
produces district heat for the city and electricity for the national grid.
Stockholm's ambitious efforts to reduce environmental impacts have earned it
the title of European Green Capital 2010. The city's track record in district
heat production, waste management and traffic solutions were among the factors
contributing to the award decision.
Jens Bjöörn, Head of Communications, Fortum Värme
Tel. +46 702 98 41 25