A mini thermal power plant worth $8.82 million burning locally available fuel will be built in Volkovysk (Grodno Region) at the expense of credit resources provided by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Energy Ministry of Belarus reported.
They plan to launch the power plant by May 2018.
The plan is to install two boilers burning wooden chips and three boilers operating on gas fuel. The facility will use a 1.3MW Siemens turbine to generate electric power.
The mini thermal power plant will produce an estimated 10 million kWh of electric energy, which will substitute 800 tons of equivalent fuel (natural gas).
The agreement between the Belarusian government and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development to provide a loan in the amount of $90 million for the Biomass District Heating Project was signed on April 8, 2014.
The project will help to scale up efficient use of renewable biomass in heat and electricity generation, thereby lowering operating cost and improving fuel security in thirteen towns of the country, enhancing living and working conditions of 79,000 Belarusians.
The project will finance replacement of existing gas and oil boilers by biomass boilers, provision of wood chipping equipment and biomass fuel storage facilities, installation of individual building-level heat substations with temperature control, and upgrading of district heating networks. (Prime-TASS/Business World Magazine)