Annual Activity Report
1 Jan – 31 Dec 2019

Westenergy Oy Ab was registered in the Finnish Trade Register on 1 January 2008. The company’s trade registration number is 2165379 – 9 and its registered office is in Mustasaari. The company is owned by Oy Botniarosk Ab, Lakeuden Etappi Oy, Millespakka Oy, Ab Stormossen Oy and Vestia Oy. The past financial period was the eleventh in the company’s history. Westenergy’s main line of business is operating a Waste-to-Energy plant. The company operates on the absorption principle and does not distribute dividends.

The company has built an incineration plant for non-recyclable municipal waste on a property that it owns in Koivulahti, Mustasaari, and sells waste treatment services to its shareholders on the absorption principle. The steam produced in the incineration plant is converted into electricity and district heat with the machinery of the company’s partner, Vaasan Sähkö Oy. The plant was finished and went into operation in August 2012.

The year 2019 was challenging for Westenergy. During the year under review, the company carried out major investments and alteration works. Despite the disruption, the plant processed nearly the same amount of waste as the previous year. The utilisation rate of the plan is good, even if it slightly falls short from that of 2018. High utilisation rate and successful investments and disruption management guaranteed a better financial result than was initially anticipated. The year-on-year net turnover shows a slight increase. This was largely driven by the increase in the district heat supply following a growth in waste supply and investments; the value of waste supply and district heath supply exceeded our expectations. The price of electricity was disappointing during the year under review, and although the year-on-year amount of supply again increased, their value still showed a slight decrease compared to 2018. While falling a fraction short of the previous years’ figures, the sales of metals nonetheless exceeded the estimates. Key figures are presented in the table below.

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Turnover, MEUR 16,1 15,9 18,9 16,8 18,3
Amount of utilised waste, tonnes 189 638 190 679 188 208 163 118 168 355
Utilisation rate, % 93,5 95,5 94,9 82,1 85,1

The amount of bottom slag processed in 2019 was slightly smaller than in the previous year. The work we have done together with our partners Lakeuden Etappi Oy and Suomen Erityisjäte Oy in developing the processing of slag further has taken steps forward. The treatment of bottom slag and the processing methods are undergoing constant development and the achieved efficiency has brought added cost savings.
The maintenance costs were slightly above the estimate, primarily for the comprehensive maintenance during the shutdown. This year, Westenergy operated a three-week annual maintenance and investment shutdown, during which extensive maintenance, repair and replacement works as well as new investments were carried out.
The chemical costs remained well within the estimate. In total, the variable costs were significantly lower than in the previous year and well within the estimate.

The total amount of investments made in 2019 came to EUR 6,274,563. The biggest investment in the year was the flue gas scrubber. The investment was made in response to stricter environmental standards to be applied in the treatment of flue gasses, and the investment also supports the improved energy efficiency of our plant. Thanks to the major investment, we will be able to comply with the provisions of the EU’s 2019 BREF document. We will also be able to recover heat energy from the flue gases, increasing Westenergy’s district heat output by a further 20%. This further increases the role of Westenergy in the district heat production for Vaasa region. Other main investments during the year under review included the upgrade of the primary air system capacity, the penstock valves of the slag extinguisher, replacement of baghouse filter transporter and auxiliary devices, replacement of pressure reduction and relief valves and glucol heat exchanger.

The company’s cash position continues to be good. The company obtained new capital through directed share issues. Alongside the existing owners Oy Botniarosk Ab, Lakeuden Etappi Oy, Millespakka Oy, Ab Stormossen Oy and Vestia Oy, a new owner Loimi-Hämeen jätehuolto Oy acquired a significant holding in the company. A portion of the new capital was posted under reserve for invested unrestricted equity. The company has hedged nearly 100 per cent of its non-current liabilities with financial instruments against adverse developments in the financial markets in order to reduce the fluctuations in its financial results as well as its financial risks.

Westenergy has sharpened its strategy during the year under review. The strategy is aligned with the climate and circular economy targets of the EU and Finland. Westenergy collaborated with its owner companies and other stakeholders in innovating and seeking new solutions for the future. Westenergy has acted as a pioneering force in defining the Green Deal package for the industry. Westenergy provides strong support to development projects and scientific research into circular economy and climate questions, working in close relationship with the University of Vaasa and VEBIC. Based on our strategy work, we have launched several development projects related to CO2 capture, more efficient utilisation of biofuels, conversion of non-recyclable waste fractions into energy and other materials, investigating potential additional capacity as well as the circular economy road map and building a waste-to-energy ecosystem. The company has also participated actively in the development of local circular economy together with the municipality of Mustasaari, Vaasanseudun Kehitys Oy and Ab Stormossen Oy.

Westenergy Oy Ab is committed to following the quality, environmental and occupational health and safety policies which the company has defined. Through certified systems, Westenergy Oy Ab aims to improve the overall quality and cost-effectiveness of its operations. An occupational health and safety system is used to manage known risks, maintain the health and working ability of employees and improve the occupational health and safety. Westenergy Oy Ab aims at managing environmental risks with actions and programmes defined in the environmental system. Westenergy Oy Ab reports new developments concerning the quality, environment and occupational health and safety to interest groups primarily in the form of an annual report. Westenergy’s management system, which complies with the standards of quality (ISO 9001:2015), environment (ISO 14001:2015) and new occupational health and safety (ISO 45001:2018), has been evaluated by an independent external evaluator in 2019.

The company employed 30 people at the beginning of the financial period and 32 people at the end of the financial period. The average number of employees during the year was 35. The salaries and remuneration paid in 2019 totalled EUR 2,266,380. The following table includes some key figures related to the personnel.

Year 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015
Number of employees, 1 Jan 30 30 34 31 32
Number of employees, 31 Dec 33 32 32 34 30
Average number of employees 35 36 37 35 34
Salaries and remunerations, MEUR 2,27 2,22 2,25 2,16 2,04
Absences due to illness, % of total working time (*(* 2,20 2,11 2,98 3,54 3,18
Number of accidents at work 0 0 0 0 4

*) Including sick leaves, absences due to illness of a child and absences due to accidents during work and leisure time

In the past operating period, the Board of Directors consisted of Heikki Halla-aho (Chairman), Paavo Eloniemi (Vice-Chairman), Rangvald Blomfeldt, Paavo Hankonen, Jouko Huumarkangas, Ari Perälä, Harri Virtanen and Gunbritt Tallbäck (ordinary members). The Board met ten times in total during the past financial period. Olli Alhoniemi has acted as the Managing Director of Westenergy. The company’s regular auditor was the CPA firm Ernst & Young Oy with Kjell Berts, CPA, acting as the principal auditor.

Westenergy Oy Ab and Loimi-Hämeen Jätehuolto Oy concluded negotiations about ownership arrangements and Loimi-Hämeen Jätehuolto Oy became an important shareholder of the company. Negotiations with the existing owners on the changes of their respective holdings were also successfully completed. All existing owners, Oy Botniarosk Ab, Lakeuden Etappi Oy, Millespakka Oy, Ab Stormossen Oy and Vestia Oy, acquired new shares in the company.

The annual general meeting held on 7 June 2019 decided to issue 3,903,873 new shares at EUR 2/share. The issue was directed at Loimi-Hämeen Jätehuolto Oy, Oy Botniarosk Ab, Lakeuden Etappi Oy, Millespakka Oy and Vestia Oy. The directed share issue was based on weighty financial reasons as provided in Chapter 9 section 4(1) of the Limited Liability Companies Act, with the aim of strengthening the company’s financial standing and securing sufficient supply of raw materials. The subscription period was from 6 November to 18 November, and the shares were subscribed and paid up by 18 November 2019. EUR 1/share of the subscription price was posted under share capital, and the remaining funds (EUR 3,903,873) under reserve for invested unrestricted equity. The new shares and share capital were registered on 11 December 2019. The following table shows the number of shares and share of ownership by owner.

Number of shares held and share of ownership after changes


Ownership, %

Oy Botniarosk Ab

1 050 000

6,60 %

Millespakka Oy

600 000

3,77 %

Vestia Oy

3 100 000

19,49 %

Lakeuden Etappi Oy 4 200 000

26,41 %

Ab Stormossen Oy

3 953 873

24,86 %

Loimi-Hämeen Jätehuolto Oy 3 000 000

18,86 %

New subscribed capital 15 903 873

100,00 %

The objective of the ownership arrangements is to strengthen the ownership base of Westenergy Oy Ab, which would guarantee a sufficient waste supply until a distant future and enable Westenergy to provide cost-effective services to its shareholders. Until now, the current shareholders of Westenergy have acquired non-recyclable waste for energy production also outside their own operating areas through contractual arrangements.
With the ownership arrangements, the shareholders’ agreements and the supply agreements, which determine the relationship and operations between the shareholders and the company, were updated accordingly. The share of ownership still directly correlates with the supply quotas of each shareholder. The articles of association were also updated and the new shares were entered into the share register.

An extraordinary general meeting convened on 18 December 2019. The Company Board was discharged as of 31 December 2019 and a new board was appointed with its term commencing on 1 January 2020. Six new members were appointed to the Company Board. The new Members of the Board are Paavo Eloniemi (Chairman), Ragnvald Blomfeldt (Vice-Chairman), Paavo Hankonen, Jouko Huumarkangas, Teuvo Suominen and Harri Virtanen (ordinary members). The new Board was registered on 29 January 2020.

There have been no significant events after the end of the financial period.

The company’s registered share capital was EUR 15,903,873 in the end of the financial period. The company has 15,903,873 shares. The redemption clause set in the articles of association is applied on the shares, according to which other shareholders have the primary right to redeem shares and the company itself has the secondary right if the shares are to be transferred to a third party.

Because of the absorption principle, it is not appropriate to compare the key figures to profit-making companies when analysing Westenergy’s operations, financial position and results.

In compliance with Section 3 of the articles of association, the company does not distribute dividends. The Board of Directors proposes that the net loss for the period of EUR -4,173.61 be transferred to the profit and loss account as the company’s equity.

Vaasa 2 April 2020
Westenergy Oy Ab, Company Board

Profit and Loss Statement

profit and loss statement 2019

Financial Statement

financial statement 2019

Balance Sheet

balance sheet 2019 pt 1

balance sheet 2019 pt 2


Accounting policies

Policies followed in the financial statements

The financial statements have been drawn up in accordance with the Finnish Government Decree on the information presented in the financial statements of a small undertaking and micro-undertaking (PMA, Chapters 2 and 3).


The company has entered into an interest derivative contract to manage the volatility of interest rates. Interest derivatives are hedged. The hedge instruments’ impact on profit is recognised together with the hedged item. Unrealised changes in value are recognised in the fair value reserve of equity. The fair value is calculated taking into account the deferred tax receivables.

Valuation and matching principles and methodology

Intangible assets recorded in the fixed assets of the company are valued at the historical cost of acquisition.

The fixed assets are valued at the variable and fixed costs of acquisition, the latter related to the fixed asset project.

The acquisition costs of reproducible assets are written off in accordance with the established plan. The depreciation plan is determined on the basis of economic life.

In all other respects, the financial statements have been drawn up in accordance with the valuation and matching principles and methodology given in the decree on the financial statements of small undertakings.

The estimated basis of depreciation according to plan and the changes thereof:

class of assets 2019

Activated interest expenses

The undepreciated portion of activated interest expenses in the intangible assets is as follows:

activated interest expenses 2019

intangible assets 2019

tangible assets 2019


equity 2019


specification of liabilities 2019

Personnel and members of bodies

In the financial period, the company employed an average of 35 people.

personnel costs 2019

financial income and expenses 2019

receivables 2019

Contingent liabilities and other commitments

contingent liabilities and other commitments 2019

Details on the derivative contracts that hedge against interest rate risk

The notional amount of the interest rate swap contract is EUR 24,000,000 from 8 December 2017 to 8 December 2027 with the interest rate being 3-month Euribor. The company receives 3-month Euribor and pays a fixed interest.

This interest rate swap contract hedges Westenergy’s loan of MEUR 26.4 with the final maturity date in four years. The review of loan terms is in 2020.

The cash flows of the interest rate swap contract are recognised in profit or loss for the same periods as the interest flows of the hedged loan until 8 December 2027.

The fair value of the contract at the date of closure of the accounts:

the fair value of the contract at the date of closure of the accounts 2019

Liabilities due in more than five years

liabilities due in more than five years

Accounting books used in the financial period

  • General journal, digital
  • General ledger, digital
  • Balance book, manual
  • Separate payroll accounting

Voucher types used in the financial period

Handelsbanken bank account voucher type 20
Purchase invoices voucher type 71
Electronic purchase invoices voucher type 73
Cash and memo vouchers voucher type 90
VAT entries voucher type 91
Vouchers of passing on of charges voucher type 92

Signing of the financial statements

Auditor’s note

Auditor’s report has been issued in Vaasa 9 April 2020. Kjell Berts, APA.