Fortum is preparing to participate in the tender processes for hydropower
concessions in France, which are expected to officially start in 2011.
According to Fortum's strategy, the company's long-term focus is selective
growth in the integrating European power market, the Nordic countries and
“The renewal of the French hydropower concessions represents a rare opportunity
for a substantial hydropower stake in the centre of the European electricity
markets. Our strategy builds on strong competence in hydropower production and
a proven track record in operating in competitive energy markets. Hence, the
upcoming opportunities in France fit very well with our strategy. Fortum is
prepared to participate in the first tranche tender qualification in 2011”,
says Matti Ruotsala, Executive Vice President, Fortum Corporation.
France is the second-largest market in Europe in terms of installed hydropower
capacity (25,000 MW). In the frame of the European directive, France is to open
up the hydro concession renewal process for competition. The French Government
is thus putting the first tranche of ten concessions with a total capacity of
5,300 MW into a tender process in 2011-2015.
Fortum's ambition in France is to contribute to building a low-carbon society
with its core competence in CO2-free energy production. In 2009, 91% of
Fortum's power production in Europe was CO2-free.
Fortum has a proven track record of efficient and sustainable hydropower
production. The company has long-term experience from planning, refurbishing as
well as operation and maintenance of some 260 hydropower plants in the Nordic
countries. Hydropower, with a total capacity of 4,600 MW, accounts for over one
third of Fortum's annual power generation. A major part of the power is
generated by the 211 hydropower plants located in central Sweden. In Sweden,
the largest power plants in terms of capacity are along the Ljusnan,
Indalsälven and Dalälven rivers. In Finland, Fortum is the largest hydropower
producer with 49 power plants along the Kemijoki river, the Oulujoki river and
the waterways of Vuoksi.
Matti Ruotsala, Executive Vice President, Fortum, tel. +358 40 048 7052
Mari Kalmari, Communications & Sustainability, tel. +358 10 45 29211
Fortum's purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. We provide sustainable solutions that fulfil the needs for low
emissions, resource efficiency and energy security, and deliver excellent value
to our shareholders. Our activities cover the generation, distribution and sale
of electricity and heat as well as related expert services.
Fortum's operations focus on the Nordic countries, Russia and the Baltic Rim
area. In the future, the fast-growing, liberalizing Euro-Asian energy markets
provide additional growth opportunities. In 2009, Fortum's sales totalled EUR
5.4 billion and operating profit was EUR 1.8 billion. We employ approximately
11,000 people. Fortum's shares are quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.
Further information: www.fortum.com