The Nordic Investment Bank NIB will provide the Finnish power utility Lahti
Energia with a loan amounting to EUR 50 million. The loan, with a maturity of
20 years, is intended for the construction of a new waste-to-energy plant.
Lahti Energia, located in southern Finland, is increasing its energy production
based on recycled waste. A new gasification facility and a combined heat and
power plant will process some 250,000 tonnes of waste annually.
The gasification process used is new and innovative and it is the first time
this type of process will be in commercial use in Finland. The gasification
takes place in two parallel lines consisting of gasifiers, coolers and cleaners.
The primary energy source will be pre-sorted waste, including paper, wood and
plastics, from both households and industry.
"We are now building a completely new kind of environment-friendly technology
that raises the efficiency of waste-to-energy to a new level. By gasifying
recycled waste we can increase energy production significantly compared to what
can be produced by burning mass. We are pleased to have NIB participating in
this project," says Janne Savelainen, Managing Director of Lahti Energia.
"Waste incineration has traditionally been regarded as ineffective and
polluting, but with today's technology it is very efficient. By using waste that
otherwise would be deposited in landfills this project will help reduce
greenhouse gas emissions", says Johnny Åkerholm, President & CEO of NIB.
Furthermore, the overall capacity of the new plant will be higher than using
traditional methods. The combined heat and power plant will have a production
capacity of 50 MW of electricity and 90 MW of district heat. The power plant is
planned to commence operations in spring 2012.
The Nordic Investment Bank is the common international financial institution of
the eight Nordic and Baltic countries. NIB provides long-term financing to the
energy, environmental, transport, logistics and communications, and innovation
sectors for projects that strengthen competitiveness and enhance the
environment. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/aaa, with the
leading rating agencies Standard & Poor's and Moody's.
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