Utilitas opened a third combined heat and power station that operates on biofuel

Today the Utilitas energy group opened in Mustamäe a new combined heat and power (CHP) station in which the company invested 48 million euros. It is the third CHP station of Utilitas in Tallinn that operates on green biofuel.

The station will supply heat to approximately 20,000 households in Tallinn and its electric power capacity will cover power supply needs of approximately 40,000 households that use district heating. The new station will produce electricity and heat from wood chips made from waste of timber and forest industry of Estonia.

“Estonia requires big investments in order to reduce its CO2 footprint while at the same time offering consumers heating and electric energy produced in an efficient way. The new combined heat and power station of Utilitas is a yet another sign of successful application of renewable energy which contributes to security of energy supply in any situation”, said Minister of Economy and Infrastructure Taavi Aas.

“The use of the renewable fuel at the new station will prevent emission of a large number, 130 000 tons of CO2 during production of energy, and the station will allow to reduce the emission rate of Estonia. Additionally, the combined heat and power station is an important step towards assurance of security of supply and energy security of Estonia. In the future the station will serve as the main source of electricity for the entire production facility in Mustamäe, and it will help to reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels”, explained the head of the Utilitas group Priit Koit.

Koit added that the combined heat and power method is the most efficient way of production of heat and electricity, as the high efficiency level of the station means that it doesn’t heat air – instead, the entire energy is directed to the heating and electric power network.

“The third combined heat and power station of Utilitas is an important object from the position of security of supply in Tallinn, as it can operated as an independent island should this become necessary. This means that during possible electric power cuts the station will be able to continue operation, supplying city residents with heat”, noted Deputy Mayor of Tallinn Kalle Klandorf.

The electric power capacity of the Mustamäe CHP station of Utilitas is 10 MW and its heating capacity is up to 47 MW. The technological part of the station was designed and installed by the Austrian company URBAS Maschinenfabrik, and its steam turbine was manufactured in Germany at MAN’s plant. The main contractor in charge of general construction works was AS Maru Ehitus.

The total cost of the investment project that was launched in 2013 is 48 million euros.

In 2019 Utilitas is investing 40 million euros in assurance of efficiency of production of energy and protection of the environment, including renewal and construction of heating networks.