Polish state power agency Energa has signed an settlement with a German-Greek consortium to design and construct a gas-steam energy plant as a part of efforts to maneuver away from coal in direction of lower-emission sources of energy.
The plant, which will probably be constructed within the metropolis of Grudziądz in collaboration with Germany’s Siemens and Greece’s Mytilineos, may have a capability of 563 MW. Development is predicted to start out this yr and be accomplished by 2025, at an estimated value of two billion zloty (€430 million), studies enterprise information web site Cash.pl.
A gas-steam energy plant produces as much as 50% extra electrical energy from the identical gasoline, because the waste warmth from a gasoline turbine is later utilized in a steam turbine, which generates additional energy. It’s deliberate for the plant to later run completely on hydrogen.
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“It will likely be probably the most fashionable services of its variety in Europe,” mentioned Energa, which was in 2020 taken over by one other state power agency, Orlen. “It is a crucial step within the Orlen Group’s plan to broaden into power primarily based on renewable sources, small nuclear reactors and low-emission gasoline technology.”
“The facility plant in Grudziądz is actually one other essential level within the course of decarbonisation of the power sector in Poland, which is able to considerably scale back CO2 emissions,” mentioned Grzegorz Należyty, managing director of Siemens Power Poland.
“Siemens Power know-how will permit for co-firing a mix of gasoline and hydrogen sooner or later, in the end solely hydrogen, thus guaranteeing the safety of electrical energy provide to the Polish power system,” he added.
Poland depends on coal for round 70% of its electrical energy manufacturing, by far the very best proportion within the European Union. Whereas the federal government has been eager to guard the coal sector, lately it has adopted extra bold targets for transferring in direction of lower-emission sources.
That has included a rising function for renewables and plans for the nation’s first nuclear energy stations to open throughout the subsequent decade. It additionally includes extra technology from gasoline.
Though Russia lately minimize its gasoline provides to Poland, the nation had already deliberate to finish its contract with Gazprom this yr. It has lately been growing imports of liquefied pure gasoline from Qatar and the US and can quickly open the Baltic Pipe, bringing Norwegian gasoline to Poland.
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Alicja Ptak is senior editor at Notes from Poland and a multimedia journalist. She beforehand labored for Reuters.