PRESS RELEASE 11 October 2013
Fortum and the local Finnish energy company Savon Voima Oyj have agreed on
starting a partnership in bio-oil delivery. The newly signed contract will
allow Savon Voima to replace the use of heavy and light fuel oil in its heat
production with Fortum's sustainable bio-oil. Savon Voima is Fortum's first
commercial partner in Finland in the field of supplying bio-oil.
Fortum will start producing bio-oil in an integrated bio-oil plant at its
Joensuu combined heat and power plant (CHP) in Finland in November 2013. The
bio-oil plant is based on fast pyrolysis technology and is the first of its
kind in the world on an industrial scale.
"The production of Fortum's bio-oil, called Fortum Otso®, benefits the whole
local area and opens up a new sector in the Finnish energy industry. The use of
bio-oil has significant positive environmental impacts because energy produced
with bio-oil reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 90% or more
compared to fossil fuels," says Kasperi Karhapää, Head of Pyrolysis and
Business Development at Fortum.
"Moving to the use of domestic fuels also in auxiliary fuels is an important
step in our bio energy programme," says Maija Henell, Director, District
Heating & Power Generation at Savon Voima.
Savon Voima will begin using bio-oil in its standby heat station in Iisalmi,
Finland, at the start of 2014.
The raw materials used to produce Fortum Otso® bio-oil in Joensuu in Eastern
Finland will consist of wood-chips and industrial by-products from the local
forest industry. The plant will initially produce around 50,000 tonnes of
bio-oil every year, an amount that corresponds to the heating needs of more
than 10,000 households. In addition to replacing the heavy fuel oil used at
heat plants, bio-oil produced at power plants can also be used as a raw
material for various biochemicals or traffic fuel. Fortum has the readiness to
add the bio-oil production element to several CHP plants in Finland and other
Development and conceptualisation of the new technology has been done
collaboratively between Fortum, Metso, UPM and VTT Technical Research Centre of
Finland. The research has been part of TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for
Technology and Innovation’s Biorefine programme. The project won a special
award for innovation from the Global District Energy Climate Awards
organisation in September 2013. Fortum is investing about EUR 30 million in the
bio-oil plant and has received about EUR 8 million in government investment
subsidies for the project.
Kasperi Karhapää, Head of Pyrolysis and Business Development, Fortum, tel. +358
50 597 3177
Fortum's purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. We provide sustainable solutions that fulfill the needs for low
emissions, resource efficiency and energy security, and deliver excellent value
to our shareholders. Our activities cover the generation, distribution and
sales of electricity and heat as well as related expert services.
Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia, Poland and the
Baltics. In the future, the integrating European and fast-growing Asian energy
markets provide additional growth opportunities. In 2012, Fortum’s sales
totalled EUR 6.2 billion and comparable operating profit was EUR 1.7 billion.
We employ approximately 10,400 people. Fortum’s shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX
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