Poland set to resume work on largest hydroelectric plant after 33 years

Poland is to resume work on what will be its largest hydroelectric plant, 50 years after construction first began and 33 years after the project was abandoned.

Plans for the power plant in the village of Młoty, southwestern Poland, were initially drawn up in the 1960s. Construction started in 1972, but was halted after nine years later due to a series of problems. In 1989 the project was abandoned.

Now work on the facility is set to resume, the prime minister’s chief of staff, Michał Dwoczyk, has announced. With a capacity of 750MW, it will be the largest hydroelectric plant in Poland.

Like other such large-scale plants in Poland (such as the one in Żarnowiec), Młoty will be a pumped-storage hydroelectricity facility. During times of low energy demand, water is pumped upwards to a reservoir. At times of high demand, that water is released through turbines to generate electricity.

“In the event of a failure of another significant source [of power], it will protect the system against possible shortages in the power system,” wrote Dworczyk.

Meanwhile, the reservoir created for water storage “will also perform retention and recreational functions”, thereby “contributing to the development of the Kłodzko Valley” in which it is located, added Dworczyk.

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