Nelja Energia opens its first cogeneration plant and pellet factory in Latvia

19 June 2017

Nelja Energia opened its first cogeneration plant and pellet factory in Broc?ni, Latvia. The total cost of the investment is around Euro 30 million. The cogeneration plant and pellet factory create 35 jobs, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.

According to Martin Kruus, the Chairman of the Management Board of Nelja Energia AS, the pellet business and the combined heat and power production are a new area of activity for the company, but the tests and the initiation period of the pellet factory and the cogeneration plant were passed with success.

“Nelja Energia is mainly known as the biggest producer of wind power in the Baltic states, but we can now announce our expansion, which is the first cogeneration plant powered by chipped wood and also our first pellet factory in Latvia. Cooperation with the partners and also the local team has been great and we are satisfied with the investment,” commented Kruus on the growth of the energy company and thanked UPB, Hekotek, Inspecta and other partners for good cooperation.

The planned annual production of the modern pellet factory is at least 120,000 tonnes of pellets. The plant is supplied with energy by the cogeneration plant working with biofuel, which has thermal power of 19.4 MW and electrical power of 3.98 MW. The annual estimated electricity production of the cogeneration plant is 30,000 MWh.

According to Toms Naburgs, head of 4 Energia SIA, Broceni CHP and Pellet plant is state of the art facility utilizing the latest technological solutions thus ensuring superior production quality and efficiency. Fuel for the cogeneration plant is sourced from the surplus bark and chipped wood from the pellet production process ensuring zero waste production.

Nelja Energia, based on Northern European and Estonian capital, is the biggest producer and developer of wind power in the Baltic states.