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The first Waste-to-Energy plant in the Baltic countries features Alstom’s flue gas cleaning equipment

15/05/2013

Alstom has supplied the flue gas treatment and heat recovery system for Fortum’s new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Klaipeda, Lithuania. The new plant was inaugurated today in the presence of the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mrs Dalia Grybauskaite and the President of the Republic of Finland, Mr Sauli Niinistö. The new CHP plant will be the first large scale waste-to-energy plant in the Baltic countries.

The plant is fuelled by municipal waste, non-hazardous industrial waste and biomass and it will have a capacity of approximately 60 MW heat and about 20 MW electricity. The district heat produced at the plant will replace natural gas-based heat production capacity.

Switching to combined heat and power production will increase the efficiency of the energy production and it has major impact in reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions.

Alstom’s scope in the project has been the supply of the flue gas treatment plant and a heat recovery system. This equipment reduces the sulphur dioxide, hydrogen chloride and various metals in the flue gas below permissible limits before it is discharged into the atmosphere. The flue gas cleaning system is based on Alstom’s NID concept. NID is a high performance system developed from Alstom’s well proven dry and semi-dry systems. In the Klaipeda CHP plant the NID is complemented by a flue gas condenser which further improves the plants energy efficiency.

The production plant will play a key role in the city of Klaipeda’s heat supply and waste management and will divert significant amounts of waste from the local landfill. Alstom has executed its share of the total project very well and we are happy with the very good performance of the delivered flue gas treatment system” said Pasi Mikkonen, Vice President for large projects at Fortum Heat.

Alstom is very proud to be part of the first waste to energy CHP project in the Baltic countries. We look forward to participate in similar projects in the region” said Emmanuel Franc, Vice President of Alstom’s Environmental Control System business.

The NID system is an effective, robus, compact and cost efficient system for meeting the emission requirements of the EU on both existing plants and new installations.

Alstom is a major supplier within the field of Air Pollution Control for Waste incineration. The NID system has over 15 years of successful commercial operation in more than 100 installations for power and various other industries. There are totally 8 GW of NID applications installed in 18 countries worldwide. More than 45 installations are for waste-to-energy plants.