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Fortum to sell its shareholding in Estonian natural gas transmission company AS Vőrguteenus Valdus


Fortum has agreed to sell its 51.4%-shareholding in the associated company AS
Vőrguteenus Valdus to the Estonian electricity transmission system operator
Elering AS. AS Vőrguteenus Valdus is the owner of the Estonian gas transmission
grid company AS EG Vőrguteenus, which is the only gas transmission system
operator in the country.

The transaction is subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing
conditions. Fortum expects to finalise the transaction latest during the first
quarter of 2015. The sale is expected to have a minor impact on Fortum’s
Q1/2015 result.

The divestment of the shareholding in AS Vőrguteenus Valdus is a part of the
company’s efficiency programme launched in October 2012 and aiming at the
disposal of non-core assets. The core of Fortum’s strategy lies in strong
expertise in CO2-free hydro and nuclear power, resource-efficient combined heat
and power (CHP) production as well as in operating in the energy markets.
Furthermore, Fortum’s decision to sell is in line with the Directive 2009/73/EC
of the European Parliament and of the Council and the Estonian Natural Gas Act
that require ownership unbundling of natural gas transmission and gas sales.


Fortum’s purpose is to create energy that improves life for present and future
generations. Catering to the versatile needs of our customers, we generate,
distribute and sell electricity and heat, and offer related expert services.
Our operations focus on the Nordic and Baltic countries, Russia and Poland. In
2013, Fortum’s sales totaled EUR 6.1 billion and comparable operating profit
was EUR 1.6 billion. We employ approximately 8,800 people. Fortum’s shares are
traded on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki.


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