June 13, 2022
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Partnership with Valio deepens – new bioenergy heating plant

Valio and Adven have signed an agreement on a new energy plant for the use of Valio’s production in Turenki, southern Finland. The new pellet-fired plant helps Turenki factory to make the transition to use renewable biofuels, thereby cutting carbon dioxide emission by five thousand tons per year. Adven is Valio’s long-term energy supplier in Turenki and in other locations.

The new energy plant uses pellets derived from the side streams of the timber industry. Starting to use renewable fuels and cutting carbon dioxide emissions by five thousand tons is yet another step Valio is taking towards its goal of carbon neutrality by 2035.

Thanks to the use of biofuel, the Turenki plant will also achieve considerable cost savings, with fuel availability improving as well. The steep rise in the price of natural gas and uncertainty as to its availability were factors that strengthened the faith in investment decision.

“We are first and foremost interested in the aspect of abandon the use of fossil fuels, and secondly in increasing the production security,” says Valio’s energy manager Peter Fabritius.

Valio Turenki site in Finland, air photo.

Valio’s production plants are integral parts of the security of supply in Finland, and the pellet plant will improve the Turenki factory’s operational reliability even more.

The 3.5-megawatt plant will generate steam that is used in heating the Turenki factory and water as well as in heat treatment of products. In Turenki, Valio produces UHT milk and cream, extended shelf life (ESL) products, vegetable-based products, and baby foods.

Long cooperation continues

Adven has been the energy partner for Valio for a long time at many of its factories, also Turenki. The fact that the contract was coming to an end and the major changes in the energy market made Valio look for an alternative to natural gas. Following a close competitive tendering, Adven provided the best alternative.

“Adven’s solution was the most competitive. We have also been very happy with Adven’s services, and we know they could deliver us a good solution, since we already have a similar one at our juice factory in Pitäjänmäki, Helsinki,” says Fabritius.

Adven will build the new plant next to the old energy plant. The old plant running on natural gas and light fuel oil will be left in place in case of peak load, and also for the use of Froneri ice cream factory nearby.

“The new plant will be integrated with the old heating plant into an overall solution, meaning that no investments will be needed for a plant as a reserve system and for peak loads. This too is a responsible solution, as we are utilising existing facilities,” says Adven’s key account manager Henrik Vasama.

The investment is made by Adven, with Valio buying the steam it needs as a service. Adven will be in charge of the plant’s construction, and will both operate and develop the energy service according to the customer’s needs.

“The agreement for the plant was made in April 2022, which was when the project was kicked off. The plant’s foundations will be laid before the end of the year, and actual production will begin in the summer of 2023,” says production manager Timo Saarenpää of Valio’s Turenki plant.

Turenki’s new heating plant in brief:

• Steam production: 22 GWh per year
• Use of renewable fuels in production: 95%
• Ends dependence on natural gas
• Cuts carbon dioxide emissions by 5 thousand tons a year
• Project timeline from May 2022 to summer 2023

Additional information:

Adven
Henrik Vasama, henrik.vasama@adven.com tel. +358 50 381 2173

Valio
Peter Fabritius, interview and call requests Valio via Mediadesk, tel. +358 10 381 2118 or mediadesk@valio.fi

VALIO FROM FINLAND – THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE DAIRY AND FOOD COMPANY

Valio, offering the taste of Nordic nature since 1905, is a brand leader and the biggest dairy business in Finland and a major player in the international dairy ingredients market. The company is owned by dairy cooperatives comprising some 4,000 dairy farmers.

Wellbeing is at the heart of Valio’s world leading technology innovations, expertise and products that are made from clean Finnish milk and other ingredients. Our product development follows in the footsteps of Nobel Prize winner A. I. Virtanen, and the company holds 350 patents in 50 countries. Our efforts to improve animal welfare are resolute, and we know that only healthy cows can produce premium milk products. Valio’s milk ranks among the cleanest in the world, and we have zero tolerance for antibiotic residue in milk.

Valio has net sales of EUR 1.9 billion and is Finland’s biggest food exporter. Valio products are found in some 60 countries and account for 25 % of Finland’s total food exports. Valio seeks strong growth in international markets and has subsidiaries in Sweden, the Baltics, USA and China.

Valio – Together we make life better.

Read more about Valio’s and Adven’s cooperation here.

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