Fortum's waste to energy project in Klaipeda commissioned in spring 2013 is the first plant of its kind in the country. Joint waste to energy project UAB “Kauno kogeneracinė jėgainė”, developed together with UAB “Ignitis grupė”, is planned to start its commercial operation in 2020.
Fortum has been operating in Lithuania since 1999. It currently employs 92 people and focuses on combined heat and power (CHP) production, efficiency improvements of the central heating system, maintaining long-term competitiveness and reducing the environmental impact of its production units.
In 2019, the company sold 445 GWh of heat and 144 GWh of electricity. The combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Fortum Klaipeda uses non-hazardous municipal and industrial waste and biofuels. Fortum Švenčionių energija (in operation since 2001) and Fortum Joniškio energija (in operation since 2000) generate and deliver district heat and are based on gas and biofuel.
The combined heat and power (CHP) plant Fortum Klaipeda
The combined heat and power (CHP) plant uses non-hazardous municipal and industrial waste as fuel. 255,000 tons of waste and biofuel can be incinerated annually in the plant's boiler, the energy efficiency of which is almost 90%. Heat production capacity of the plant is 50 MW (additionally 15 MW from flue gas condenser during winter time) and power generation capacity 20 MW.
The generation of energy from non-hazardous municipal and industrial waste is an important part of Fortum's strategy and helps to use waste as local resources and reduce the environmental pollution caused by the emission of gases from waste dumbs. The operation of Fortum's power plant is consistent with the objective of the city of Klaipeda to establish a new waste management system in the region that would meet the European Union's environmental standards.
Fortum Klaipėda is active in the field of social responsibility. Every year it contributes to the promotion of urban communities, city events and sponsorship to individual public groups.