Eesti Energia had the winning bid for a contract to buy tens of thousands of tons of waste from Turku, Finland for waste-to-energy incineration at the recently completed Iru power unit.
Estonian MP Rainer Vakra, a member of Parliament's Environment Committee, confirmed to Finnish daily Turun Sanomat that an agreement had been reached.. Turku's waste management company said, however, that it would not comment until a contract is signed.
Under the agreement, state-owned Eesti Energia will be given a one-year license to transport mixed waste to Estonia.
The Estonian power company finished building a waste-to-energy unit in June at its plant in the town of Iru, located on the eastern edge of Tallinn. The unit's capacity exceeds the amount of suitable waste that is produced in Estonia.
The project is expected to reduce heating prices in Tallinn and Maardu. With the unit fully operational, over half of Estonian household waste will be recovered to produce electricity and heat. Preparations for the Iru project began in 2006, construction in 2010 and the project was completed in 2013. The 105-million-euro project sends a majority of its heat to Tallinn's downtown and to the Lasnamäe and Mustamäe districts.
The waste-to-energy unit is only the second of its kind in the Baltics.