EU member Poland breaks ground on new coal fired plant

Posted: May 21, 2015 by tallbloke in Energy
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A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place in Poland on the site of a €800m lignite power plant in Turów.

The ceremony was attended by Poland’s Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and representatives Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe (MHPSE), which will build the plant in co-operation with Polish company Budimex and Técnicas Reunidas from Spain.

MHPSE said that the lignite unit will have a gross capacity of just under 500 MW and an efficiency of more than 43 per cent. It will be operated by PGE, Poland’s largest power supplier.

MHPS Europe will supply the utility steam generator, the entire flue gas cleaning equipment, piping, turbine/generator, instrumentation & control and will also place the power plant into service.

The new unit – which is due to be operational in 2019 – will be built at an existing power plant where there are currently six units with an installed capacity of 1500 MW.

MHPSE chairman Rainer Kiechl said the new plant “will be one of the most modern of its type in the world”.

He added that it would make a “significant contribution to a dependable supply of power in an economy which is continuing to grow strongly”.

Comments
  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    43% is very good efficiency for a lignite station.

    Up-grading old coal fired plants would reduce CO2 emissions far more than wind turbines ever have. And it would be cheaper and more reliable too, but I guess the Greens aren’t interested in reducing CO2 emissions.

  2. Graeme No.3 says:May 21, 2015 at 11:04 pm

    “43% is very good efficiency for a lignite station.”

    “Up-grading old coal fired plants would reduce CO2 emissions far more than wind turbines ever have. And it would be cheaper and more reliable too, but I guess the Greens aren’t interested in reducing CO2 emissions.’.

    Flipping from Engineer to Philosopher. All are doing very well. Time to pet upon all that works! v.s. Alles ist kaputt of the Klimate Klowns!

  3. tom0mason says:

    Well done Poland!
    Showing the rest of Europe the way to go, and perceiving that a probable lucrative market of supplying Germany is opening up.

    I wonder how Polish representative will enjoy Paris in December?

  4. tom0mason says: May 22, 2015 at 1:38 am

    “Well done Poland! Showing the rest of Europe the way to go, and perceiving that a probable lucrative market of supplying Germany is opening up I wonder how Polish representative will enjoy Paris in December?

    The night ladys in Paris will insist that the Polish representative will enjoy Paris in December, No mater race, religion, culture, creed, colour, sexual orientation, political orientation, or just being weird! Bring much Geld!!

  5. ren says:

    Poland must use their natural resources, because these are new jobs.

  6. ren says:

    It is very important that the UK has supported Poland in climate matters. Lonely Poland in Europe can not strongly oppose it.

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  8. oldbrew says:

    ‘Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz at Turów Power Plant: we base our energy security on our biggest treasure – coal’

    http://www.premier.gov.pl/en/news/news/prime-minister-ewa-kopacz-at-turow-power-plant-we-base-our-energy-security-on-our-biggest.html

    Are the Scottish Nationalists going to be heading a UK energy policy committee? Looks like it.
    http://www.bishop-hill.net/blog/2015/5/22/the-division-of-spoils.html

  9. A C Osborn says:

    One worrying item from this story is the build time.
    4 Years to build a new Power Station, when you think what the UK needs that is very disturbing, we should have started a few years ago.

  10. oldbrew says:

    ACO: From the POV of the energy suppliers there’s no point in building new thermal power stations if they’re forced to lose money by the renewables priority rules and other punitive costs.

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    Poland is also installing power limiting equipment at the border to be able to limit excess destabilizing wind an solar surges from Germany during low demand from screwing up their grid… Poland has clue…

  12. bwdave says:

    Turow was originally a Soviet built power plant with six boilers and six turbines next to an open pit lignite mine. The plant also provided district heating to the local town In the early ’90s, a consortium of Western companies began replacing the boilers with more modern low emission units. The same was done throughout the Eastern European countries formerly behind the iron curtain, and regional air quality has been dramatically improved . I suspect these air quality improvements are recent enough for Poles to appreciate a good thing.