UPM, Pohjolan Voima and Lappeenrannan Energia owned by town of Lappeenranta have agreed to build a joint power plant at UPM's Kaukas mill site in Lappeenranta, Finland. The total value of the investment is 244 million euros. The plant will start-up in spring 2010
The plant will generate process heat as well as electricity for UPM's Kaukas mills, and electricity and district heating for Lappeenrannan Energia Oy. Its heat power is equivalent of 385 MWTH. The plant's main energy sources will be bark, logging residues, stumps and small wood from thinnings as well as peat.
"The new power plant will improve the security of energy supply to our Kaukas mills. It is also the latest example of UPM's long term strategy to utilise biofuels in energy production. The new power plant is able to utilise efficiently all site derived biomass based side products," explains Ms. Anja Silvennoinen, UPM's senior vice president, Energy.
The project will be carried out by a separate company Kaukaan Voima Oy, which is owned by Pohjolan Voima Oy (54%) and Lappeenrannan Energia Oy (46%). UPM has a 42% ownership in Pohjolan Voima.
"Pohjolan Voima has built several big bioenergy power plants, and we have recognised that acting together with Pohjolan Voima in joint power plant projects has been beneficial for all parties," Silvennoinen said. "The latest example is Rauman Voima power plant which produces energy both for UPM's Rauma mills and the town of Rauma. The same model we have used also in Kuusankoski, Ristiina, Savonlinna and Pietarsaari."
The new power plant will replace the 30 year old steam power unit of Kaukas mills and majority of the energy generation capacity of Lappeenrannan Lämpövoima Oy's 30 year old Mertaniemi power plant.
"The new joint power plant secures district heat supply for Lappeenranta citizens. The old Mertaniemi natural gas power plant will remain as a back-up capacity to balance load peaks," said Reijo Kolehmainen, Managing Director of Lappeenrannan Energia Oy.