Since 2003 the company has been actively building its position in efficient combined heat and power production, as well as heat distribution. Moreover, in 2016 Fortum entered Polish energy retail market and aims to develop in that segment dynamically.
In 2015 Fortum started its biggest investment in Poland so far. The company builds a new, multi-fuel CHP in Zabrze, which is expected to start commercial operation by the end of 2018, providing district heating to some 70,000 households in Zabrze and Bytom. The facility will replace old plants in both cities and enable more efficient and lower-emission energy production. It is the second major Fortum’s investment in new production facility in Poland, since 2010, when the company has commissioned a multi-fuel CHP in Częstochowa. Currently Fortum has three CHP plants and over 800 km of district heating networks, that serve around 360,000 households in the cities of Płock, Wrocław, Częstochowa, Zabrze and Bytom. The overall power generation capacity is about 200 MW and heat generation capacity is over 1,100 MW.
In 2016 Fortum acquired DUON and entered Polish energy retail market under its own brand. The company plans to implement its in-depth experience from Nordic electricity sales market, where it has over 1.3 million clients, and develop it in Poland. Fortum aims to build a strong position through the development of wide sales partners network, which will enable it to effectively reach clients with innovative and attractive solutions.