Kymin Voima to build biomass-fuelled power plant at Kuusankoski

Kymin Voima Oy, the power company owned by the UPM-Kymmene associate Pohjolan Voima Oy and Kouvolan Seudun Sähkö Oy, is to build a power plant producing electricity, process and district heat on the Kuusanniemi industrial estate at Kuusankoski. Pohjolan Voima will have a 76 per cent holding in the company and Kouvolan Seudun Sähkö Oy 24 per cent.

The new plant will produce a total of 76 MW of back-pressure electricity for the Kymi Paper mill of UPM-Kymmene and Kouvolan Seudun Sähkö Oy. It will also generate 125 MW of process heat and 15 MW of district heat for Kymi Paper and 40 MW of district heat for the towns of Kuusankoski and Kouvola.

The power plant will mainly be fuelled by bark, sludge and sawdust obtained from UPM-Kymmene's Kuusankoski mills and other forest industry in the region. The UPM-Kymmene Forest Division is also prepared to supply Kymin Voima with 150-200 GWh of wood energy, mostly logging residue, a year. Peat and natural gas will be used as supplementary fuel.

Detailed planning of the plant is to begin immediately. The authorities are expected to grant the project an environmental permit in July.

The earthwork, foundation and other construction work will begin in August and will for most of the time provide about 250 jobs. The plant will be ready to go online in autumn 2002.

The project is estimated as costing a good FIM 500 million and has been granted FIM 8.6 million in energy subsidy by the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Further information may be obtained from:
Mr. Pertti Asunmaa, Managing Director, Kymi Paper Oy, tel. 0204 15 3600
Mr. Kari Rämö, Managing Director, Kouvolan Seudun Sähkö Oy, tel. (05) 885 1200
Mr. Aappo Kontu, Director, Pohjolan Voima Oy, tel. 050 3133 210