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EU to help Estonia to build back-up power plant

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) is lending 32 million euros to the Estonian energy company Elering for the construction of its back-up power generation plant in Kiisa.

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This is the first emergency reserve power plant to be built in Estonia. The Kiisa power plant will only operate in the event of emergencies, like the failure of a major national power plant, when it is necessary to ensure continuation of the electricity supply for consumers.

The design characteristics of the power plant aim to minimize the start-up time and energy consumption in warm standby mode, as well as to maximize reliability. Thanks to the EIB support, not only Estonia’s electricity networks, but also those of Latvia and Lithuania will be secured. Furthermore, it is expected that the construction of the plant will bring the cost of emergency reserve power in the network tariffs in Estonia down.

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