By Staff Writer
Eesti Energia-owned electricity generating company Narva Elektrijaamad plans to use biofuel mixed with oil shale as the feedstock at one of its power stations, according to the Baltic Business Daily.
The news source reported senior company sources as saying that the power plant, at which the combination fuel is slated for use, has circulating fluidized bed technology, which can burn low combustion fuels and biofuels alongside oil shale.
An estimated 150,000 tons of oil shale is expected to be saved annually due to the use of biofuels. The Baltic power plant is a co-generation facility which uses oil shale as its primary feedstock.
Reconfiguring the power plant's furnaces for use with biofuel is reportedly the cheapest way of increasing the amount of renewable energy generated at the site, with 20MW of clean electricity produced out of a total capacity of 215MW. The use of biofuels is also expected to sustain the long-term demand for biomass feedstocks in the regional market.