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Pohjolan Voima to demolish its power plants in Kristiinankaupunki and Tahkoluoto, Pori

Pohjolan Voima has decided to demolish its condensing power plants located in Kristiinankaupunki and in Tahkoluoto in Pori. The company has not been able to find a partner or an operating model that would make it possible to profitably continue the operation of the plants. The actual demolition work at the plants will start in the spring of 2019.

The market-based production operation of the plants, owned by PVO-Lämpövoima Oy, a subsidiary of Pohjolan Voima, ceased due to unprofitability in June 2015, after which various possible new uses for the plants have been investigated. Preparations for the final demolition began in 2017.

“The progress of the energy revolution has been so fast in recent years that the operation of the condensing power plants was no longer profitable”, says Petri Hurri, managing director of PVO-Lämpövoima.

Pohjolan Voima has now made the final decision to demolish the plants. The decision was partially influenced by the company’s commitment to increasing carbon-neutral production.

“At the moment, 90 per cent of our production is already carbon-neutral. Our goal is to raise the share of carbon-neutral electricity production above 95 per cent by 2020”, Hurri says.

With the demolition of the plants, a total of 477 megawatts of condensing power capacity, suitable for load-following power and power reserve, will be removed from the market. The capacity of the Kristiinankaupunki power plant is 242 MW, and the capacity of the Tahkoluoto plant in Pori is 235 MW.

Demolishing to be completed during 2020

The demolition work will begin in 2019 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Nearly all of the demolition waste can be recycled.

For the most part, the power plants will be demolished to ground level. Some usable buildings will be left in the power plant areas, for instance, for the needs of the mechanical engineering industry. New users will be sought for the existing infrastructure.

Further information: Petri Hurri, Managing Director, PVO-Lämpövoima, tel. +358 50 3133 231