Karelian Peat Harvesting and Export (Interreg)
Funded by Euregio Karelia Neighbourhood Programme 2001-2006
Objective of the project
The intention of the project was to assess the opportunities for beginning commercial peat production in the Republic of Karelia and importing peat to Finland and to create the conditions for peat extraction and use in the Republic of Karelia. These actions were also intended to contribute to the promotion of local energy resource use and small businesses as well as to implement the proposition of the Karelian Government regarding developing the energy distribution of small and remote border communities.
The project was an Interreg/Tacis joint project. The activities in Finland were implemented with Interreg and activities in Russia with Tacis funding. • Selecting and assessing suitable bogs, creating a feasibility plan on the possibilities of extracting peat and importing it to Finland from Southern Karelia, • Composing a report on the required permits and regulatory requirements for extracting and exporting peat, • Training and supporting local counterparts in all essential subject areas regarding peat production (The Tacis part of the project).
The peat areas in the Republic of Karelia were assessed to examine whether it would be possible to deliver peat to Finland. Similarly, the necessary permits and other materials needed in order to import peat to Finland, the potential users of peat imported from Karelia, and transports costs from selected bogs were assessed. Resources were discovered to be sufficient for the delivery of peat to Finland and for usage by the Republic of Karelia. The project led to numerous inquiries from the Republic of Karelia and the Moscow and St. Petersburg regions. One Russian company began operations at Lahdenpohja and was aiming to deliver peat to Finland in the future. Furthermore, promising negotiations were conducted regarding starting machine production for peat harvesting in Karelia for the use of both Finns and Russians. The planning and directing of the preparation work in the assessed peat production areas were transferred to the Tacis part of the project once the Interreg segment was concluded. The Tacis project obtained additional information and developed cooperation with existing and new companies in Karelia. According to the Finnish perspective, the development work aiming for sustainable development is leading to trans-border cooperation that satisfies both counterparts and positive socioeconomic development of the border region. The local counterpart in the Republic of Karelia should, in the mid-term, be able to cover the entire process, from assessing the bogs to obtaining customers, in order for sustainable peat extraction to be possible in Karelia. For this reason, the emphasis of the Tacis project is on supporting local counterparts. Peat production in the Republic of Karelia, however, also offers a diverse range of opportunities to Finnish machine-work contractors.
AcronymKarelian Peat Harvesting and Export
Duration2006-11-01 - 2007-12-31
Total Budget / Programme funding57 285 € / 40 100 €
Lead partnerOulun seudun sähkö/ Turveruukki Oy
Lead partner web-site
The State Committee of the Republic of Karelia on Reforming of Housing and Communal Services