PGE EC puts gas-fired combined heat and power plant in Zgierz into operation

PGE Energia Ciepła, a subsidiary of the Polish Energy Group (PGE), has commissioned a new gas-powered generation unit in Zgierz, PGE reported.

“We are commissioning a state-of-the-art combined heat and power (CHP) plant that will produce electricity and heat using gas-fired cogeneration supplemented by solar panels. I am glad that this investment, in addition to modernizing the CHP plant, also benefits the residents of Zgierz. Let me remind you that until now it was a CHP plant using lignite coal. Thanks to this investment, the onerous car transport of coal, delivered daily from Belchatow to Zgierz by dozens of trucks, will be eliminated. This is the third low-carbon investment completed in the PGE Group this year, after Bydgoszcz and Kielce. By 2030, all of our thermal power plants will produce heat from low- and zero-emission fuels,” said PGE President Wojciech Dabrowski, quoted in the announcement.

PGE Energia Ciepła’s new investment in Zgierz consists of a new gas connection, a 110/15kV coupling station, a 7 MWt reserve-peak boiler, and an installation of solar collectors with a capacity of about 100 kWt, from which green heat will flow to the city’s district heating network. The new cogeneration system is based on a unit of 3 gas engines with a capacity of about, 4.4 MWe / 5 MWt each.

The general contractor for the investment was a Smart EPC and Miko-Tech consortium.

The investment received funding under the “Environment, Energy and Climate Change” Program co-financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2014-2021. The grant provided for the project is PLN 17,069 thousand.

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The PGE Group generates 41% of Poland’s net electricity production, and its share of the heat market is 18%. The Group estimates its share in the renewable energy market at 10%. In a distribution area of approximately 123,000 square kilometers, PGE serves 5.5 million customers. Its market share in terms of the volume of electricity distributed is 25% and sales to end users is 33%. The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2009.

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