2016 marked the beginning of an intensive construction phase for Fortum's new combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Zabrze, Poland. The plant is planned to start commercial operations by the end of 2018, providing district heating to some 70,000 households in Zabrze and Bytom.The new plant has a capacity of max 75 MW electricity and 145 MW heat and will replace two coal-fired units from the 1950s.
The plant will be primarily fuelled by refuse-derived fuel (RDF) and coal, but it can also use a mixture of fuels and, with a small additional investment, biomass. The amount of RDF can be up to 40% of the total fuel usage. The investment is expected to significantly improve the efficiency of operations and to reduce carbon dioxide and other emissions, such as nitrogen and sulphur oxide emissions. The new power plant complies with high environmental standards and with principles of best available techniques.
New technical solutions significantly reduce the workers’ exposure to harmful conditions and decrease the probability of accidents at work for own personnel and contractors. More than 300 contractors’ employees work at the construction site every day. About 2,000 workers have received safety training. Thanks to the high safety standards and excellent cooperation between Fortum and the contractors, there has been only one minor accident over the course of 420,000 working hours.