The coal-fired power plant represents a new ultra-supercritical technology that enables high availability and low emissions. This technology, developed in Japan, is expected to be applied in Europe for the first time. The power plant will be commissioned in autumn 2012.

The contract is the second of its kind with Trianel. Fortum Service is currently responsible for the operation and maintenance of an 800MW gas-fired combined heat and power plant in Hamm, Germany. Trianel Power Kraftwerk Hamm-Uentrop is owned by 28 German, Austrian and Dutch regional energy companies.

The contract reportedly strengthens Fortum’s position as an independent operator and maintenance service provider in the fast growing German market.

Osmo Lahelma, general manager of Fortum Service, said: Fortum won the deal in a tight international bidding competition. Our assets included proven long-term expertise in power plant operation and maintenance, the widely acknowledged high-efficiency of Fortum’s Meri-Pori coal-fired power plant and our competitive, customer-tailored approach.