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Biggest biomass power plant begins production in Finland

After the official opening ceremony took place in Lappeenranta, southern Finland on 7 May, the country’s largest wood-burning biomass power plant has begun production.

The plant, owned by energy companies Pohjolan Voima and Lappeenrannan Energia cost €240 million to construct and has the capacity to generate 385MW of thermal power and 125MW of electricity.

Around half of the 80% biomass utilised at the facility is bark from the sawmill, pulp mill and paper mill located in the Kaukas mill complex of Finland-based product forest company UPM Kymmene. The remaining biomass consists of branches, stumps, small wood and peat.

According to the Finnish minister of environment Paula Lehtomaki, the plant is a step forward in the use of renewable energy sources and emissions-free energy.