Council officials suggest moving Trondheim’s rubbish piles to Sweden, arguing it is better for the environment.
The facility in Uppsala is 700 kilometres from their Norwegian colleagues in Trøndelag, and stands to receive lorry loads of refuse.
Knut Erik Ballestad, manager of Trondheim’s Renholdsverket, argues the Swedish solution is sensible because, “The model we use indicates that it has less of a negative environmental impact.”
“The plants in Sweden extract over 90 percent of the energy because they also produce electricpower in additionto district heating and extract the heat fromflue gases,” he said to NRK.
Statkraft’s Heimdal rubbish-burning centre has received over 750million Norwegian Kroner to increase capacity in recent years, delivering heat from 180,000 tons per year, but “the energy percent is lower there”, according to Mr Ballestad.
Whilst environmentalists call the idea “unbelievable” and “insane”, Statkraft is considering lodging a formal protest with the Norwegian Complaints Board for Public Procurement. Failure to win their appeal means having to pay compensation for breach of contract.
“We will then have to find a different type of fuel. This will mean either by burning another kind of waste, or replacing it with gas, oil orelectric boilers,” said Director of Statkraft in Trondheim, Bjørn Hølås.
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