Journalists from Africa in Finland on energy tour

04 Oct 2016 11:30am
By Pearl Coetzee
VAASA, 04 OCT (NAMPA) – Nine African journalists are on a week-long tour in Finland to visit several companies and hold meetings with experts in the renewable energy sector.
The Government of Finland organised the tour under the theme ‘Energy’.
Participants are from Algeria, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Marocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria and Kenya.
“This media tour introduces several large Finnish companies, new innovative start-ups and provides possibilities to meet top experts in the field of energy,” said a media statement issued on Friday by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland in Helsinki.
Speaking of positive expectations, business reporter from the Daily Nation in Kenya Neville Otuki told Nampa on Monday he wants to learn as much from these visits to educate and inform his readers about what Finland has done to become one of the biggest contributors of renewable energy in the world.
One of the firsts on the list is a visit to Energy Vaasa, the leading cluster in the Nordic countries with more than 140 businesses. It has an energy export rate of more than 80 per cent, which includes about 30 per cent of the country's total exports in energy technology.
A visit to a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets, Wärtsilä Energy Solutions, is also on the programme. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers.
Broadcast journalist Marwa Saber from a multimedia company in Aswat Masriya, Egypt also told this agency she intends to learn more about clean energy and how she can empower citizens at home.
Also on the programme is a visit to Westenergy Oy Ab, a modern waste-to-energy plant that utilises source separated combustible waste as fuel. Energy is extracted from non-recyclable waste in an efficient, safe and clean way. Westenergy’s co-operation partner, Vaasan Sähkö Oy, uses the steam produced at the recycling plant to produce electricity and district heating. Over one third of the district heating needed in the Vaasa Region is produced in the plant.
Journalists will also visit Tampereen Sähkölaitos, which sells district heating, district cooling and natural gas to households and companies.
Environmentally friendly electricity is produced purely from water, wood or wind.
The tour ends Friday.