NIB funds biofuel CHP to power Helsinki metropolitan area

By Nordic Investment Bank | October 12, 2018

Nordic Investment Bank has signed a loan agreement with Vantaan Energia Oy to finance the retrofitting of its K1 boiler to use biofuel at the Martinlaakso combined-heat-and-power (CHP) plant in Vantaa, Finland.

The loan to Vantaan Energia Oy is EUR 27 million and has a maturity of eight years.

The K1 boiler will start using domestic biofuel, of which 90 percent is wood biomass and 10 percent peat. This will significantly reduce the reliance on fossil fuels and help lower CO2 emissions in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Vantaan Energia is also installing a flue gas condenser for heat recovery with a capacity of 25 MW. The total capacity of the renewed CHP plant will be 120 MW.

Construction is ongoing. The renewed plant will be commissioned in February 2019.

Vantaa Energy Ltd is one of Finland’s largest urban energy companies. The City of Vantaa owns 60 percent of the company and the city of Helsinki owns 40 percent. Vantaa Energy produces and sells electricity and district heating, and is responsible for the construction and maintenance of district heating networks in Vantaa.

Vantaa Energy targets to withdraw completely from using fossil fuels before 2030.