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Thursday, 18.12.2014, 16:23
Elering builds Estonia's first emergency power station
The completion of the first stage of the station was celebrated on Wednesday with a festive roof rafter party where economy and communications minister Juhan Parts, Elering's manager Taavi Veskimägi and Wärtsilä Finland Oy deputy president Kari Hietanen held speeches.
The freshly completed building of the Kiisa power plant is the first stage of the plant that should be completed in 2013 and that can be launched in ten minutes when there is an unexpected shortage of power in the Estonian electricity system.
There are no other such power stations in Estonia yet and in case electricity production unexpectedly stops or capacity falls, electricity from Latvia is used. The new emergency station does not participate at the electricity market on daily basis.
The capacity of the station is 250 MW. The first 110 MW block will be completed next spring and the second 140 MW block in 2014. Wärtsilä Corporation builds the station, the total investment is around 135 million EUR.