A new biofuel boiler house has been opened in Valmiera, Latvia – CO2 emissions will decrease by 10,000 tonnesPrint
By investing 5.148 million euros, including 1.66 million euros in co-financing from the European Union Cohesion Fund, the new biofuel boiler house of JSC Valmieras Enerģija was opened in Valmiera. The biofuel boiler house will not only facilitate the city of Valmiera’s independence from fossil fuels as far as energy resources as concerned, because over 90% of the volume generated by the company will be produced from renewable energy resources, but will also enable a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 10,000 tonnes of CO2 a year. In the long run, it is strategically important for Valmiera City Council to ensure the welfare of residents and care for the environment, and the construction of an energy efficient biofuel boiler house is an important step towards this goal.
“This is an important project for Valmiera, because the diversification of raw materials for heat production used in the boiler house will guarantee a heating tariff that is more stable in relation to fluctuations in raw material procurement prices. As a renewable energy source, wood chips will essentially replace natural fossil gas, which was used for heating on the right bank of the river Gauja. Therefore, the use of the new boiler house will ensure that Valmiera’s energy supply meets European Union Green Course requirements in relation to reducing environmental impact,” indicates Valmiera City Council Chairman Jānis Baiks.
The new boiler house is equipped with technologies, which enable incineration of cheaper and lower quality biofuel and thus heat generation will be cheaper than during the past three heating seasons. The boiler house’s modern biofuel input unit is highly productive, and the input process is automated to the maximum possible extent. This not only ensures high energy efficiency and doesn’t affect the quality of the surrounding environment, by not polluting it with the dust produced by biofuel, but also reduces the necessity for workers to deliver the biofuel to the heating equipment. The boiler house’s other equipment is also highly automated in order to ensure efficient incineration process management, which will simultaneously ensure a reduction in the amount of emissions. In addition, special attention has been paid to work environment conditions for personnel to improve work safety as far as possible. In total, the boiler house operates a biofuel boiler with 9 MW capacity, as well as a fuel gas condensation economiser with 1.5 MW capacity.
“Our goal is to create environmentally friendly, resource efficient and sustainable energy solutions, and the new biofuel boiler house is a great example of this. By using various technologies, we have created a thermal energy generation system, which is less dependent on fossil fuels and facilitates a more stable and predictable heating tariff. Stabilization of the heating tariff was one of the main tasks in implementing the boiler house construction project. Bearing mind that the costs of heating and hot water make up a considerable share of the expenditures in residents’ monthly budget, we want to help the city of Valmiera’s central heating consumers to reduce their heating expenditures not only this season, but also during those in future,” explains LTD Adven Latvia and JSC Valmieras Enerģija Board Member Māris Kānītis.
The new biofuel boiler house has started its operation already during this heating season. Several entrepreneurs from Valmiera region were involved in the construction of the boiler house, who provided services, materials and equipment. The new boiler house will continue to strengthen the economy by providing local entrepreneurs with the opportunity to supply it with the raw material needed for heating - wood chips.
“Even though we know that energy production is one of the biggest environmental impactors, we, Adven, have taken the clear approach that we want to be part of the solution, not the problem. The new Valmiera boiler house is clearly one great step towards the right direction. By converting from fossil fuels to biofuels, we will reduce CO2 emissions and provide a more stable, affordable heat price for the local people. Such investments are a great interest of Adven, and in Latvia we have already found many companies, where the same journey and example of Valmiera could be followed. Of course, these projects can only happen if the interests of the involved parties align. We are happy that Adven’s story in Latvia started in Valmiera, because the interest of green and more efficient energy production has been the core value of the municipality, and it was so easy to cooperate in a private and public joint owned company for this project. Great things can only happen if all the good things match, so besides the interest of us and the municipality we found excellent partners to carry out this project. At the same time, there has been financing from the EU and state level, so I think this is an example of a great joint event,” indicates Adven Baltic CEO Urmo Heinam.
LTD Adven Latvia and Valmiera City Council’s owned corporation JSC Valmieras Enerģija generates up to 84% of the thermal energy used in Valmiera’s central heating, which the heating operator LTD Valmieras ūdens supplies to buildings on the left and right banks of the river Gauja, providing hot water and heating. Adven Latvia currently owns 52.15% of the shares in JSC Valmieras Enerģija, while the remaining 47.85% of shares are owned by Valmiera City Council.
Adven Group is the leading provider of energy and water services in the Nordic and Baltic countries. We strive to be part of the solution to climate change and believe that we can improve the situation with every sustainable energy solution we create, develop and maintain together with our customers and partners. We believe that socially responsible and environmentally friendly business practice is a way to strengthen our position in the market. Adven has started its operations in Latvia with the acquisition of district heating companies, but the company's core business is focused on industrial customers - negotiations have begun with industrial companies operating in the region, with the aim of providing them with more efficient energy solutions for their production processes.