A turbine and a generator was installed in the Utilitas production complex in Mustamäe

Yesterday, a turbine and a generator was mounted in the Mustamäe production complex, which is currently under reconstruction. This is an important stage in establishing the new Utilitas combined heat and power plant. The plant that will operate entirely on local renewable fuels will be ready for work in autumn and it will satisfy the electricity consumption needs of nearly 40,000 households that operate on district heating.

Video clip of mounting of the turbine and the generator

‘The steam turbine was transported to Estonia from the German MAN factory. Mounting it in the cogeneration plant marks an important milestone in the construction process,’ said Andres Veske, Chairman of the Management Board of AS Utilitas Tallinn. He added that the new plant will generate electricity and heat from local woodchips – logging and forestry waste. ‘Cogeneration from renewable fuel is the most efficient way to save heat and electricity, it ensures that we are using primary energy to a full extent and reducing the level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,’ Veske noted.

Utilitas is investing nearly 44 million euros into the reconstruction of the Mustamäe production complex, modernising the existing boiler house and establishing a plant that generates electricity and heat from renewable energy. The new cogeneration complex with an electrical power of 10 MW and a thermal power of 47 MW will provide heat to Tallinn’s households; the generated electricity will be sold on the open market.

The technical side of the Utilitas cogeneration plant in Mustamäe is designed and mounted by the Austrian company URBAS Maschinenfabrik and the contractor for general construction is AS Maru Ehitus. Approximately 80 people are working daily at the construction site.

Utilitas is Estonia’s leading energy group, whose principal activities are the generation of thermal energy and electricity and the provision of district heating services. The aims of Utilitas are clean and efficient generation of heat and electricity and the promotion of economical energy consumption. All district heating systems of Utilitas have been awarded with the Efficient District Heating label. Utilitas provides over 4,700 buildings with district heating, including 165,000 households in eight cities all over Estonia: Tallinn, Maardu, Keila, Rapla, Haapsalu, Kärdla, Jõgeva, and Valga.