Large-scale biomass gasification plant to be constructed in Finland

Vaskiluodon Voima power station aims to cut its coal use by 25-40% by using gas produced from wood chips and other biomass.

A new large-scale biomass gasification plant will be constructed as part of an existing coal-fired power station in Vaasa, western Finland, significantly reducing its coal use and carbon dioxide emissions. Finland’s Ministry of Employment and the Economy has granted a new technology subsidy of EUR 10.8 million to the Vaskiluodon Voima power station for the construction of a 140 MW biomass gasifier plant, a drying plant for the biomass, and boiler feed systems.


The construction work is planned to be completed by autumn 2012 at a total cost of EUR 40 million. Vaskiluodon Voima is a 600 MW power station jointly owned by the Finnish companies EPV Energia Oy and Pohjolan Voima Oy.


“The gas produced from domestic biofuel will replace 25-40% of the coal currently used by the plant,” says Mauri Blomberg, managing director of Vaskiluodon Voima. This will cut the power station’s carbon dioxide emissions by an estimated 230,000 tons per year.


Sources: Vaskiluodon Voima, Ministry of Employment and the Economy