In Latvia we operate in Jelgava, where Fortum is district heating operator since 2008, and also in Daugavpils, where Fortum provides approximately 40 % of the heat energy necessary for the city since 2018.
In Jelgava Fortum has constructed the largest biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Latvia that provides as much as 85% of the heat necessary for Jelgava’s district heating. Electricity produced is sold in free market and to some large industrial customers. Our biomass CHP plant has promoted development of Zemgale region by creating around 300 indirect work places in fuel supply chain and also contributed to filling the environmental targets under the Covenant of Mayors that Jelgava has signed.
To further improve resource efficiency, in 2019 we constructed a heat accumulator facility at the biomass CHP plant in Jelgava. The heat accumulator facility helps us to save the primary energy resource (wood chips), to improve efficiency of the CHP plant and to optimize heat and electricity production according to the market demand.
Currently Fortum in Latvia is working on another circular economy project - fuel diversification in Jelgava biomass CHP plant in order to add 35% of RDF (refuse derived fuel) to the wood chips. This will enhance sustainable waste management in Jelgava and in the region and will reduce amount of waste in land fields.