-This will be the most powerful coal boiler in the Kola Peninsula, Deputy Speaker in the State Duma Valerii Yazev said during a visit to Monchegorsk this week. The construction of the boiler, which will have a capacity of more than 300 MW, is due to be completed in 2013.
The first part of construction has already started, Oilru.com reports.
The coal-fuelled boiled will help reduce local dependency on the more expensive and less environmentally friendly heating oil. It is expected to lead to a reduction also in local heating tariffs.
-We have lots of coal in the region, Yazev underlined in a meeting with local authorities and the Kolskaya GMK. About ten million tons of coal is annually shipped out from the Port of Murmansk.