EU approves state aid for CHP plant in Lithuania

The European Commission has approved support for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Lithuania. The nation had notified plans to the Commission to grant €150 million in state […]

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By Jacqueline Echevarria

The European Commission has approved support for a combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Lithuania.

The nation had notified plans to the Commission to grant €150 million in state aid for the project, which will also be financed by the European Investment Bank.

The CHP plant will generate electricity for the Lithuanian power grid and heat for the capital city of Vilnius. It will consist of two different units: one fuelled by non-recyclable municipal waste and the other by biomass.

The first unit  is expected to produce 18MW of electricity and 53MW of thermal power.

The biomass unit is expected to have a capacity of 70MW for power and 174MW for thermal energy.

Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said: “The Lithuanian project to build a combined heat and power plant in Vilnius is  a good example of the Juncker Investment Plan mobilising investment. It is in line with our state aid rules and it benefits Lithuanian citizens – and the environment.”