As a leading clean energy company, we
at Fortum strive to leverage our wide experience in efficient energy production
in tackling climate change. Our new multi-fuel combined heat and power (CHP)
plant in Zabrze, Poland, will apply the latest technologies and solutions for
improving efficiency and reducing harmful emissions.
Scheduled to begin operating by the
end of 2018, the new investment will replace existing outdated, purely
coal-fired units in Zabrze and Bytom. It is anticipated to significantly enhance
the two cities’ energy production efficiency while drastically reducing emissions
in the area.
The new plant will primarily be fuelled by refuse
derived fuel (RDF – up to 50% in fuel energy) and coal but can also use biomass
and a mixture of fuels. By taking advantage of locally sourced residential and
industrial waste for RDF, the facility will concurrently contribute to waste
management in the region.
With a production capacity of 220
megawatts, annual production is estimated to amount to approximately 730
Gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity and 550GWh of heat. This will provide for
the district heating needs of some 70,000 households in Zabrze and Bytom.
Fortum has an established presence
in Poland, and we aspire to take part in the ongoing transformation of the
country’s energy sector. The investment of approximately EUR 200 million (PLN
870 million) will include the construction of a 10-kilometre-long heating
connection between Zabrze and Bytom and new peak boilers in both cities.