Consortium Belzarubezhstroy – Enerstena demonstrated successful implementation of an international bioenergy project. Report from the opening ceremony of the mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi

Kalinkovichi – Minsk. Text: Andrei Smirnov, photo: author and JSV Belzarubezhstroy


An international consortium consisting of two companies — JSV Belzarubezhstroy (Belarus) and JSC Enerstena (Lithuania) — demonstrated successful implementation of the joint bioenergy project “Use of wood biomass for centralized heat supply in the regional center of Kalinkovichi, Gomel Region”.

The ceremony of handing over the symbolic key to the mini-CHP which had been operating since the beginning of the heating season, took place the other day. According to the head of the operating organization Oleg Zhigar, “The new mini-CHP replaced four old boiler houses, covering 56 percent of the city’s heating demand and providing heating to about 15,000 inhabitants.”

Photo: new mini-CHP replaced four old boiler houses in Kalinkovichi 

The level of representation testifies to the international status of the event and its importance not only for the region and the district but also for the Belarusian-Lithuanian cooperation. The Lithuanian side was represented among others by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Belarus Andrius Pulokas, Attaché for Commercial Affairs of the Embassy Julijus Glebovas, President of the World Bioenergy Association Remigijus Lapinskas.

The Belarusian side was represented by Deputy Chairman of the Gomel Regional Executive Committee Andrei Konyushko, Chief Engineer of RUE Belinvestenergosberezhenie Anatoli Korol, Chairman of the Kalinkovichi District Executive Committee Sergei Gvozd and the managers of public utility service providers.

The consortium was represented by the heads of partner companies and their divisions: General Director of JSV Belzarubezhstroy Vital Bandaryk, Chief Engineer Dzmitry Piatrychyts, Project Manager Mihail Gurskiy, Director General of the group of companies Enerstena grupė Virginijus Ramanauskas, Director of UAB Enerstena Laimonas Kucinskas, Sales Director Tomas Rimkus and others.

Photo: opening ceremony of the mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi (left to right): Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania to the Republic of Belarus Andrius Pulokas, Director of UAB Enerstena Laimonas Kucinskas, Director General of JSV Belzarubezhstroy Vital Bandaryk

Despite the fact that the construction itself lasted a year and a half, the cooperation had begun earlier with creation of the consortium, participation in a public tender, and finally, signing of the Contract in June 2016. In Belarus there are at least five enterprises that produce boiler equipment for mini-CHP’s and there are hundreds of construction companies. Nevertheless it was the offer of the Consortium Belzarubezhstroy – Enerstena that won the tender and was successful. It should be noted that nine companies from seven countries including Austria, PRC, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, Turkey and Finland took part in the bidding. More information:

According to the Contract, the Customer was the Capital Construction Directorate of Gomel Region Executive Committee, the General Designer and the General Contractor — JSV Belzarubezhstroy, the manufacturer and equipment supplier — UAB Enerstena. Also the Lithuanians provided installation supervision and training of mini-CHP personnel.

Photo: handing over the symbolic key to the mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi during the opening ceremony

The equipment for the boiler house was developed by the specialists of research and development center of Enerstena grupė group of companies; it complies with the strict environmental and efficiency requirements of the European Union and the Republic of Belarus for modern power equipment.

The partner of JSV Belzarubezhstroy in the international consortium is Enerstena grupė, an active participant in the international energy construction market. According to Tomas Rimkus, Sales Director of UAB Enerstena, “today the geography of memorandums and contracts comprises nine countries including Latvia, Scandinavia, Ukraine, the Philippines, France, Switzerland, etc.; the number of foreign contracts — 180." The cooperation between the members of Belzarubezhstroy — Enerstena Consortium is growing stronger and actively progressing both in our country and abroad.

Photo: Gediminas Venckus, Commercial Executive of Enerstena grupė (right) and Nerijus Rudelevicius, Head of engineering solution center at UAB Enerstena (left)

The amount of investment of the Belarusian-Lithuanian project was about USD16 million, whereof USD14.22 million was a loan from the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, another Br2.6 million was allocated from the budget of the Gomel region.

In the face of rising prices for natural gas supplied from Russia, the Belarusian government has initiated construction of heating plants using local fuels, including biomass (wood chips). Construction, equipment installation and commissioning of the plant in Kalinkovichi were carried out within the framework of the national program “Use of wood biomass for centralized heat supply”.

Photo: biofuel preparation area for mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi

Photo: computerized control center of the mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi 

According to Anatoli Korol, Chief Engineer of the Belarusian Republican Enterprise Belinvestenergosberezhenie, “mini-CHP will save about Br3 million (up to USD 1.5 million - author’s note) per year of the local budget due to the difference in prices for natural gas and chip fuel”.

Almost three years ago Vital Bandaryk, Director General of JSV Belzarubezhstroy, announced the company's focus on working within international consortia: “Those companies that are ready to integrate their competitive advantages with other companies are in a stronger position nowadays, because only by combining efforts and competences you can achieve maximum results”.

The successful experience of the Belzarubezhstroy — Enerstena Consortium in Kalinkovichi is proof of that! Below is our photo report.


Other media about the opening ceremony of the mini-CHP and the meeting in Kalinkovichi District Executive Committee:

BelTA: Mini-CHP on local fuels opened in Kalinkovichi. More information:

SB Belarus Segodnya: Mini-CHP opened in Kalinkovichi to provide half the city with heat (6 PHOTOS). More information:

SB Belarus Segodnya: City will be warm. More information:

Kalinkavitskiya naviny: Inauguration of mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi (6 PHOTOS). More information:


Kalinkovichi TV: Inauguration of mini-CHP in Kalinkovichi (VIDEO). More information:

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