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Auvere Power Plant handed over to Eesti Energia

Following a month-long testing period, the 300-megawatt Auvere Power Plant, which cost more than €600 million, was finally handed over to Estonian state-owned energy group Eesti Energia by General Electric (GE) on Thursday.

The guarantee and operational reliability period of the power plant is to last two years, Eesti Energia said in a press release.

“Although the handing over of the plant was delayed, technical shortcomings have been eliminated by now,” Eesti Energia CEO Hando Sutter said. “The plant is working as planned and meets all environmental requirements. I am very glad that, in cooperation with General Electric, we have concluded the plant’s construction.”

With a capacity of 300 megawatts, Auvere Power Plant, which GE built on the basis of a “turnkey” contract, employs efficient circulating fluidised bed technology for energy production. The plant’s efficiency is 40%, and the plant is able to use oil shale as fuel to the extent of 100%, biomass to the extent of 50%, peat to the extent of 20% and oil shale gas to the extent of 10%.

Auvere Power Plant can cover more than 25% of Estonia’s electricity consumption, or produce 2.2 terawatt-hours of electricity per year.

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