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Nelja Energia announces startup of Latvian pellet
Estonia-based Nelja Energia recently announced the opening of a wood chip-fueled cogeneration facility and

120,000 metric-ton per year pellet plant in Brocēni, Latvia. The cogeneration facility has a thermal capacity of

19.4 MW and an electrical capacity of 3.98 MW.
According to the company, test production of pellets began in early 2017, with first orders delivered earlier this

year. Most of the plant’s pellet output is exported to the European market, while excess power generated at

the cogeneration plant is sent to the Nordic and Baltic power market.
In a statement commenting on the plant openings, Martin Kruus, chairman of the management board of Nelja

Energia, noted that the company is new to pellet production and combined-heat-and-power (CHP)

production. “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,” he said, thanking UPB, Hekotek, Inspecta and other partners for their

cooperation on the project.
Fuel for the cogeneration plant is sourced from surplus bark and chipped wood from the pellet production

process. “To be very efficient and eco-friendly the CHP has a flue-gas cleaner which provides an additional

4MW of heat,” said Toms Naburgs, head of 4 Energia SIA.
Source:Biomass Magazine
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