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2015.09.08 13:45

Health ministry rejects environmental impact assessment report on a waste plant

BNS The Lithuanian Health Ministry has rejected an environmental impact assessment for a cogeneration plant that the Finnish-owned ‘Fortum Heat Lietuva’ is planning to build in Vilnius, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on Thursday.

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The Lithuanian Health Ministry has rejected an environmental impact assessment for a cogeneration plant that the Finnish-owned ‘Fortum Heat Lietuva’ is planning to build in Vilnius, the daily Lietuvos Rytas reported on Thursday.

The ministry says in its conclusion that the planned waste-to-energy plant might increase air pollution and noise levels.

According to the daily, ‘Fortum’ President Tapio Kuula is expected to come to Lithuania on Friday.

‘Fortum Heat Lietuva’ is planning to build a cogeneration plant in Vilnius that is estimated to cost between 500 million and 700 million litas (EUR 145-200 mln).

The company’s CEO, Vitalijus Zuta, has said that they are considering building a plant with a production capacity of up to 150 megawatts (MW) of heat and 50 MW of electricity, but do not rule out building a smaller facility, of 60 MW and 30 MW, respectively.

The state-owned electricity group ‘Lietuvos Energija’ (Lithuanian Energy) and ‘Fortum Heat Lietuva’ in March 2012 signed a letter of intent regarding the construction of a power plant in Vilnius, under which the Finnish-owned company is carrying out initial preparatory work.

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