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Polish Enea strengthens regional RES infrastructure with new power station

Enea, the Polish electricity operator, has begun another key project as part of its long-term #Poznań2030 energy network modernisation program, the company announced on Monday (23 January).

The project will see the construction of a new 110/15 kilovolts (kV) Szczepankowo substation together with connections. The new station will contribute to the development of renewable energy in the western city of Poznań and the surrounding areas, increasing the infrastructure for connected capacity from renewable energy sources (RES) into the grid system.

At the end of last year, Enea Operator provided the construction site of a new power station (Main Supply Point in Szczepankowo) to the chosen contractor. The station will be located in the southwestern part of Poznań, right next to the “Krzesiny” road junction on the A2 motorway. The investment also includes the construction of high-voltage 110 kV cable lines necessary to power the station, as well as the construction of connections between medium-voltage lines and the already existing power grid.

“The purpose of building a new station in this area is to enable the development of renewable energy in the area of ​​Poznań and the Poznań district, where the number of RES investments is growing dynamically,” said Marek Rusakiewicz, acting president of Enea Operator.

In the first three quarters of 2022, Enea Operator connected over 36,000 RES with a total capacity of over 670 megawatts (MW). At present, more than 150,000 RES are connected to the Enea Operator distribution network with a capacity of over 3.7 GW.

The total value of the investment is almost 26 million złotych (5.15 million euros). The project was co-financed by the European Cohesion Fund under the Operational Programme Infrastructure and Environment 2014–2020, with a total amount of 10.6 million złotych (2.24 million euros). 

The completion of the construction of Main Supply Point Szczepankowo is planned for late 2023 or early 2024.

Enea has also recently completed other investments related to the power supply and development of the Poznań region. Among them is a new network switchgear Garaszewo (110 kV) which has been put into operation in the agglomeration together with reconstructed 110 kV Garaszewo-Żerze and Garaszewo-Starołęka high-voltage lines. In addition, to support the supply of power to the City of Poznań, new sections of the 110 kV power line were built to lead power from the Kromolice Power Station on the Kromolice – Swarzędz and Kromolice – Nagradowice routes.

Another major project is the construction of the Main Supply Point Towarowa station, which is being built in central Poznań. At the end of last year, the company also commissioned the reconstructed Main Supply Point Górczyn station. 

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