FORTUM CORPORATION ONLINE NEWS 14 JUNE 2016
The cornerstone for the new Fortum CHP plant in
Zabrze, Poland, was laid on 13 June 2016 by Ms. Lenita Toivakka, the Finnish Minister
for Foreign Trade and Development, Ms. Małgorzata Mańka-Szulik, the Mayor of
the City of Zabrze, Mr. Kazimierz Karolczak, the Member of the Silesian
Voivodeship Board and Mr. Mikael Lemström, Vice President Production of
Fortums' City Solutions division.
Lenita Toivakka, the Finnish Minister for Foreign Trade and Development
Małgorzata Mańka-Szulik, the Mayor of the City of Zabrze
Mikael Lemström stressed in his speech that the new CHP plant
in Zabrze is a key element of Fortum's investment plan for Silesia region, the
total value of which will exceed one billion PLN (approximately EUR 230
million) by 2022.
During the cornerstone-laying ceremony, Małgorzata
Mańka-Szulik was decorated with the Order of the Lion of Finland, awarded by the
President of Finland Sauli Niinistö, for her contribution to attracting Finnish
investments to Zabrze.
The new CHP plant in Zabrze is planned to start
commercial operations by the end of 2018, providing district heating to some
70,000 households in the cities of Zabrze and Bytom. It will primarily be
fuelled by refuse derived fuel (RDF) and coal but can also use biomass and a
mixture of fuels. The amount of RDF can be up to 50% of the total fuel usage.
The new plant will replace the existing purely coal-fired, outdated units in
Zabrze and Bytom.
The investment is expected to significantly improve
the efficiency of operations and reduce CO2 and other emissions in
the area giving good evidence
to Fortum’s commitment to the circular economy concept development in Poland.
It also fits well in Fortum's strategy as one the cornerstones of it is providing
sustainable solutions to growing cities and urban areas.
Fortum has been operating in Poland since 2003. It has
currently three CHP units and over 800 km of district heating network, which
serve in total 360,000 households in the cities of Płock, Wrocław, Częstochowa,
Zabrze and Bytom. Zabrze is part of the fast developing Katowice area in Upper
region with some 2.4 million inhabitants and 21 cities.
Stock exchange release on 31 March 2015: Fortum to invest in a new combined heat and power plant in Zabrze, Poland