PGE Energia Ciepła – a company from the PGE Group – has started the construction of a new peak-reserve boiler house, which will consist of three oil-gas water boilers, with a capacity of 30 MW each, at the Gdynia Heat and Power Plant, the company announced. The foundation stone was laid today. The value of the investment exceeds PLN 100 million.
“Today we are starting one of the most important low-emission investments in Pomerania. This is another step in the modernization of the Polish heating sector. It is also a manifestation of the consistent implementation of PGE’s Strategy, which assumes the group’s climate neutrality by 2050. Transformation of generation sources in the Gdynia CHP plant will allow to reduce CO2 emissions by over 40%, i.e. as much as a total stop of road transport in Gdynia for 20 days a year would be. Ultimately, this investment will not only provide heat to the recipients, but will also allow us to reduce the impact of our operations on the environment and have a positive impact on improving the air in the region,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of PGE, quoted in the release.
“The construction of new generation sources and the decommissioning of the oldest coal-fired heating boiler in Gdynia starts decarbonisation in this CHP plant, but we also carry out such investments in other cities, e.g. in Rzeszów, Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Lublin and Gorzów Wielkopolski,” added Przemysław Kołodziejak, President of PGE Energia Ciepła.
At the same time, a new 27 MW steam boiler is being installed in Elektrociepłownia Gdyńska, in the peak-reserve boiler house No. 1. It will be a reserve source of steam for external customers and for the heat and power plant’s own needs. It will also be the peak source in case of high demand for heat supplied to the inhabitants of Gdynia, Rumia, Reda and Kosakowo. The fuel for the new boiler will be light oil. The value of this investment is approx. PLN 20 million.
The decarbonisation plan at the Gdynia Heat and Power Plant assumes that by 2030, 70% of the heat produced will come from fuels other than coal, and by 2050 the Gdynia Heat and Power Plant will become zero-emission.
The PGE Group generates 41% of net electricity production in Poland, and its share in the heat market is 18%. The Group estimates its share in the renewable energy market at 10%. In a distribution area of approx. 123,000 sq. km2 PGE serves 5.5 million customers. Its market share in terms of the volume of distributed electricity is 25%, and sales to end users – 33%. The company has been listed on the Warsaw Stock Exchange since 2009.