News / 25.2.2014

Modernisation of Alppila heating plant may cause traffic disruption

Helsingin Energia is carrying out modernisation work on the Alppila reserve heating plant located below the Linnanmäki Amusement Park. We aim to minimise any inconvenience that may be caused by site traffic.

The Alppila heating plant is located underground, deep in the bedrock, but the work site to be established next to the Linnanmäki Amusement Park may cause traffic disruption along Tivolitie from time to time.

- The site traffic will be busiest during spring and summer.  We aim to take the opening hours of the Linnanmäki Amusement Park into account and to avoid work that may be inconvenient to its operations, says Project Manager Jere Mättö of Helsingin Energia.

In the first stage of the modernisation of the Alppila heating plant, which was implemented in 2011, the heavy oil containers were converted into light oil containers and the chimney stack was repaired. Moving from heavy fuel oil to light fuel oil also enables the use of bio-oils.

In the second stage, which is now being launched, the plant’s automation, process electricity, and the HVAC, electricity and automation systems will be upgraded, also making improvements to the property and process technology systems.

Helsingin Energia has systematically modernised its heating plants to be increasingly low in emissions and high in energy efficiency.

Chimney light shows heat consumption

Commissioned in 1965 and located in the city centre next to the Linnanmäki Amusement Park, Alppila is the oldest heating plant in Helsinki. Its chimney stack is 35 metres high and one of the key landmarks of Helsinki. It is also lit up as a meter that shows the amount of district heat consumption. When district heat consumption is high, the chimney stack is lit up with a red light, and when it falls, the colour turns green.

The Alppila heating plant functions as a reserve heating plant for district heat, contributing to an undisturbed supply of district heat also in extremely cold weather.


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