Polish energy company Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) has commissioned a low-emission gas boiler house at one of its heat and power plants in Bydgoszcz, north Poland (20 July).
The investment with a total capacity of around 40 megawatts (MW) has been implemented as part of the company’s ongoing transformation of heating assets, gradually replacing the existing generation sources with new low- and zero-emission units.
The new gas boiler house consists of four water gas boilers with a capacity of 9.5 megawatt thermal (MWt) each, which will supply heat to the Municipal Heating System in the upcoming heating season.
“The commissioning of a low-emission gas boiler house with a capacity of approximately 40 MW allowed for the complete shutdown of coal-fired boilers in Elektrociepłownia Bydgoszcz I [heat and power plant 1] and will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by nearly 50 per cent. This investment brings us closer to achieving a 100 per cent share of low- and zero-emission fuels in heat production by 2030,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
“I am glad that it was implemented by the Polish company Energotechnika – Energorozruch. Currently, as part of the transformation of the heating sector, the PGE Group is implementing nine investments aimed at moving away from generating heat from coal,” he added.
The new gas infrastructure replaces the plant’s old coal boilers, which have now been completely decommissioned.
PGE is also developing a second low-emission investment in the company’s other heat and power plant in Bydgoszcz (Elektrociepłownia Bydgoszcz II). As part of this, five cogeneration units based on gas engines with a total capacity of 52.6 MWe, and a reserve and peak source with a total capacity of over 70 MWt will be built in the plant.