Combined Cycle, Gas, New Projects

Polish utility planning nearly 1,400 MW in gas-fired capacity additions

Poland’s largest power utility has launched a $1 billion tender to find a builder for two new gas-fired generation units, according to a new report by S&P Global Platts.

Warsaw-based Polska Grupa Energetyczna is seeking a contractor to design, deliver, construct and commission two combined cycle gas turbine units generating between 650 and 717 MW each. The gas-fired units would be located at PGE’s coal-fired Dolna Odra plant, according to the report.

The nation currently gets close to 80 percent of its electricity generated from coal-fired units. A Reuters story last year said Poland hopes to lower that portion to 60 percent in the next decade and 50 percent by 2050.

Coal mining is at the heart of the Polish history, but the Polish goal is working toward greater import of natural gas to fuel electricity. Part of the objective is to reduce carbon pollution, but creating some fuel diversity is another reason.

Click here to read the S&P Global Platts story.