GE has been awarded an order for two high-efficiency and lower emission power units to be constructed through consortium at the Polska Grupa Energetyczna Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna’s (PGE) Dolna Odra Power Plant in the Western Pomerania region of Poland. The order will include two GE 9HA.01 gas turbines, along with two STF-D650 steam turbines, two generators and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG)* providing up to 1.4 gigawatt (GW) of power at Dolna Odra—the equivalent needed to power approximately 1 million Polish households. The order will further stabilize the regional grid, which heavily utilizes variable onshore and offshore wind farms currently.
“PGE’s investment in Dolna Odra Power Plant based on gas fuel is our contribution to preparing the Polish power system for further development of renewable energy, in particular wind energy,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
PGE’s investment in modern gas-fired power units will provide stability for the long-term operation of the current coal-fired power plant. With this project, PGE will transform Dolna Odra into a power plant producing electricity with lower emissions to meet regional environmental standards. With the commissioning of the new units in 2023, PGE’s plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2-3 million tonnes per year.
“We remain focused on serving our customers during this challenging time, and we are very proud to build on more than 70 years of delivering energy solutions to Poland and support PGE as they move forward with energy systems that best meet their needs and targets for energy security, costs and sustainability,” said Michael Rechsteiner, Vice President Europe, GE Gas Power. “This project will combine GE’s turnkey expertise with leading combined-cycle power plant technology to provide more flexible, sustainable and reliable electricity to the region for years to come.”
The Dolna Odra Power Plant plays a key role in the Polish National Power System as the only system producer for the northwestern region of Poland. The new power plant expansion has been awarded a 17-year contract in the main power market auction, which will begin in 2024.
A contract signing for the project was held on January 30, 2020 in the presence of Poland President Andrzej Duda, the US Ambassador to Poland Georgette Mosbacher, the Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin, the Minister for Climate Michał Kurtyka, and local parliamentarians, representatives of local authorities, and power plant employees. President Andrzej Duda said in his speech: “I am very pleased that we are launching here this much awaited and much needed investment project which is another great step in the modernization of the Polish power generation sector.”
The GE- led consortium includes the Polish company Polimex Mostostal, which has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the new units, together with full underground infrastructure. GE factories in Elblag and Wroclaw in Poland will also produce equipment for the project. The order also includes an additional 12-year service contract with GE.
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