New bio CHP plant inaugurated in Latvia

11 September 2013, 14:16 EEST

Andris Bērziņš, the President of Latvia, and Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland inaugurated Fortum’s new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in the Latvian city of Jelgava on 11 September.

Fortum’s new power plant uses wood chips as fuel and replaces old natural gas-fired heat production in Jelgava, thereby reducing the area’s CO2 emissions by approximately 44,000 tonnes compared to year 2010. 

The production capacity of Jelgava power plant is 23 MW electricity and 45 MW heat. The plant will produce approximately 110 GWh of electricity and 230 GWh of heat per year. The modern technology at the plant provides the possibility to use also other solid renewables, like peat and wood residues. The new plant covers approximately 85 % of the city’s district heating demand.