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.