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OTHER NEWS 15 Mar 2011

Pöyry's commitment to the Baltic OXY oxygenation project leads to action

As one of the leading design and expert organisations in Finland in the field of water supply utilities, Pöyry is committed to bearing the responsibility for the OXY project that aims to improve the oxygenation conditions in the Baltic seabed basins. Pöyry is responsible for leading and coordinating the project together with multiple partners. The OXY project was launched earlier today at an event in Hamina.


Preparatory work for the OXY project has been ongoing since 2010. Tammionselkä in Hamina has been chosen as a pilot area where the actual oxygenation will start in June 2011, and will run for three years. Later, other basins in coastal waters in serious need of oxygenation will be targeted.


The OXY project aims at preventing the water layers near the seafloor from becoming totally without oxygen in selected spots. This is like providing "artificial respiration" to the sea while actions are taken to reduce nutrient load from external sources. OXY aims at preventing irreversible deterioration of the coastal waters by artificial oxygenation to reduce internal nutrient load.


OXY is one of the commitments accepted by the Baltic Sea Action Group during the Baltic Sea Action Summit. The Baltic Sea Action Group is an independent foundation that has the goal of saving the most polluted sea in the world, the Baltic Sea. The foundation has challenged a large group of public and private sector businesses to join in the implementation of this effort.


Through its vision, Pöyry has made a commitment to balanced sustainability. With its concrete actions for the environment, the OXY project has an important role in Pöyry's corporate responsibility work.


Additional information by:

Jaana Tyynismaa, Senior Vice President, Pöyry Finland Oy, Water and Environment

tel. +358 10 33 26606


Related link:

www.oxy-itameri.fi