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PVO-Lämpövoima developing its Kristiinankaupunki power plant site – local company involved in further development

 Last winter, Pohjolan Voima’s subsidiary PVO-Lämpövoima Oy announced its final decision to demolish its condensing power plants in Tahkoluoto, Pori and Kristiinankaupunki. The demolition work in Tahkoluoto is almost complete and the demolition work in Kristiinankaupunki will start at the turn of the year. Meanwhile, the Kristiinankaupunki power plant site is being developed for a new purpose.

Conversion of power plant infrastructure for a new purpose proceeds

Dangerous materials and asbestos were removed from the Kristiinankaupunki power plant before the start of the actual demolition work. The power plant itself will be demolished, but the plant site of more than 100 hectares will still include buildings that can be used. This supports further development of the area. Buildings that are not to be demolished include a turbine hall building containing a 100 metric ton crane. The building is more than a hundred metres long, forty metres wide and thirty metres tall.

Some maintenance buildings, a repair shop, a cafeteria building and some storage buildings were sold to a local company, Pihlacon Oy. The new company offers new boost to the development and supports the companies that are already doing business in the area.

The port owned by PVO-Lämpövoima remains in operation, and freight is moving at a steady pace. An underground tank in the area is also being refurbished for storage use by Alfa Oil. The Finnish transmission system operator Fingrid will retain its gas turbine plant in the area, so there will be a strong connection to the national grid also in the future.

Kristiinankaupunki power plant was in operation for more than four decades

The Kristiinankaupunki power plant was completed in 1974, a coal-fired boiler in 1983 and a second turbine in 1989. A desulphurization plant was merged with the coal-fired power plant in 1993. To reduce the sulphur emissions, burners compliant with the latest technology were installed in the coal-fired boiler in 1994. They halved the nitrogen emissions per energy unit of fuel. In 2007, the power plant’s combustion technology was changed to further reduce the nitrogen oxide emissions. When this had been done, the emissions remained below the valid permit limits.

Market-based production operation of the PVO-Lämpövoima Oy power plants ceased due to unprofitability in June 2015, after which time various possible new uses for the plants were investigated. Preparations for the final demolition began in 2017. The main reason for the decision to demolish the plants was the fact that condensing power is not profitable.

PVO-Lämpövoima Oy as an energy production company will leave the area after the liquidation, but the area will still offer a great setting and comprehensive infrastructure for other companies.

Further information: Petri Hurri, Managing Director, PVO-Lämpövoima Oy, petri.hurri@pvo.fi, tel. +358 50 3133 231