Enefit’s Auvere Power Plant Produces Electricity for First Time
|Not far from the oil shale mines visited by the visitors from Caterpillar is the Auvere Power Plant. In the final stages of construction, the plant was connected to the electrical power network earlier this month, and electricity produced at the plant reached the grid for the first time. Testing and setting-up at the plant continue. The modern 300MW circulating fluidized bed (CFB) Auvere Power Plant will be completed by the end of this year.|
|“Connection to the network is confirmation that all systems at Auvere Power Plant are working. But there is still meticulous work ahead of us to reach stable production at the new plant,” said Raine Pajo, Member of the Management Board of Enefit.Compared to power plants running on pulverized combustion technology, this plant, operating on fluidized-bed technology, is more environmentally friendly and features more efficient production. For fuel, the plant will use oil shale, which is up to 50 percent replaceable with biofuel.
Auvere Power Plant is being built by a consortium of companies led by Alstom under a turnkey construction contract. Companies in the Enefit Group have also contributed toward the completion of the new power plant. For example, Enefit Technology Industries built a system for delivering oil shale and biofuel for the plant (designed in collaboration with Enefit Mining), and an ash removal system.