Turów power station

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The Turów power station is a 1,305-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Bogatynia, Poland operated by state-owned Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

A new 450 MW unit is planned for 2020.[1]

Location

The satellite photo below shows the power station in Bogatynia.

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Background on existing station

The plant consisted of ten 200 MW units, commissioned from 1962 to 1971. PGE undertook a US$1.6 billion modernization of units 1-6 of the plant in the early 1990s. Units 7-10 have been phased out. Unit 7 was retired in 2003. In 2010, Unit 8 was retired. Units 9 and 10 were decommissioned in 2012-2013. PGE has repowered Units 5 and 6 to co-incinerate biomass, and plans for co-firing of biomass in boilers 1, 2, 3, and 4. Units 1, 2, and 3 have been upgraded from 200 MW to 235 MW each. The plant's remaining six units have a combined capacity of 1,305 MW.[2]

The power station is owned by Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE SA or PGE Group, the name can be translated as Polish Energy Group).[3]

Proposed Unit 11

In June 2013 PGE announced a tender for the construction of a new unit at Turów power plant. The new block is expected to replace the three oldest energy blocks, 8,9 and 10, which are being decommissioned. Completion of the construction and commission of the new unit has been scheduled for 2018.[2] PGE described the new unit as 460 MW in a 2012 presentation,[4] but later described it as 450 MW in size.[5]

In March 2014 PGE picked a consortium led by Hitachi Power Europe and comprising MHPS Europe, Tecnicas Reunidas and Budimex to build the new coal-fired unit at a price of $1.07 billion. Budimex says that work will take 56 months from the start of construction.[6]

On July 21, 2014, PGE signed a contract with Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems to build a 450-MW lignite-fueled plant at Turów using ultra-supercritical technology. The construction is planned to start in 2015 and is expected to be completed within four years.[5]

Construction began in December 2014.[7]

The new unit is planned for operation in second quarter 2020.[1]

Other proposed coal projects

In 2012 PGE Group said it was considering building lignite mines and power plants in the Lubuskie region, Western Poland, in a long term perspective, as the deposits of its current mine in Turow will likely be depleted within 30 years. PGE holds permits to explore lignite deposits in the region.[8]

Project Details of Unit 11

  • Sponsor: PGE
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe, Tecnicas Reunidas, and Budimex
  • Location: Bogatynia, Gmina Bogatynia, Zgorzelec county, Dolnośląskie, Poland
  • Coordinates: 50.94861,14.91305 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Capacity: 450 MW
  • Type: Ultra-Supercritical
  • Start date: 2020
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Turów coal mine
  • Source of financing: NIB Bank

Articles and resources

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Gigantyczny element nowego bloku już w Elektrowni Turów," powiatzgorzelecki, July 17, 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Dodgy Deal: Turów coal power plant," Banktrack report, last updated Mar 20, 2014.
  3. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  4. "Budujemy wartośd i bezpieczną przyszłośd: Strategia Grupy PGE na lata 2012 - 2035," PGE, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 "PGE signs new contract for 450 MW Turow thermal project (Poland)," Energy News, July 21, 2014
  6. "Power in Europe," Platts report, Issue 675, April 28, 2014 (subscription only).
  7. "Energy security – new investment projects [Poland under construction,"] premiere.gov.pl, Dec. 4, 2014
  8. "PGE likely to turn to lignite business," The Warsaw Voice, Feb. 6, 2012.

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