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Biggest biomass power plant begins production in Finland

Energy firms Pohjolan Voima and Lappeenrannan Energia own and operate the facility
Energy firms Pohjolan Voima and Lappeenrannan Energia own and operate the facility
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.
Energy firms Pohjolan Voima and Lappeenrannan Energia own and operate the facility