Western Stevedoring will cooperate with Fortum Klaipeda combined heating and power plant

Western Stevedoring will cooperate with Fortum Klaipeda combined heating and power plant

FortumWestern Stevedoring, a subsidiary company of Western Shipyard, has signed a long-term contract with company Fortum Klaipeda, which launched the combined heating and power plant in Klaipeda. Fortum Klaipeda belongs to a Finish corporation Fortum, which is a leading energy corporation in the North Europe, Russia and in the Baltics region. The new plant, located in Klaipeda Free Economic Zone (FEZ) area nearby industrial district Lipkiai, started its operations in the beginning of year 2013. As per the signed contract Western Stevedoring delivers ash that is formed after incineration process from Fortum Klaipeda to the territory of Western Stevedoring in Klaipeda seaport. The ash is transported with special vehicles and packed to the 1000 kg capacity special bags using closed technology. After accumulation of vessel the packed ash is shipped from Lithuania for further recycling.

Ash packing equipment works in a closed cycle, therefore air excess, which occurs in loading and packaging processes, is emitted to the environment after the filtration of solid dust particles. “In order to meet special requirements of governmental authorities for this activity, long and scrupulous preparation was accomplished. Today we can confirm that this activity with its technological processes has no negative impact on human health nor environment”, - assured Western Stevedoring director Gediminas Rimkus.
“The Finnish market is interesting and attractive for the companies of our Group, so we are glad to have an opportunity to cooperate and develop successful business relations with the enterprises of this country”, - said Arnoldas Šileika, General Director of Western Shipyard.
Last year Western Stevedoring reached a record in its activity - handled more than 1 million tons of cargoes, and the company’s turnover growth was 38 percent. “This year, we set ourselves ultimate objectives. We aim to exploit effectively all the available storage area and to modernize handling technologies and processes. One of the most relevant infrastructural development objectives - construction of deep-water berth and development of railways”, - said G. Rimkus.
The new liquid molasses terminal, which was built and put into operation at the end of year 2012, expanded the range of company’s handled liquid cargoes and increased by one tenth company’s overall handling volumes. The company currently operates four specialized terminals and has 135 qualified employees.