Scheduled to begin operating by the end of 2018, the new investment will replace existing outdated, purely coal-fired units in Zabrze and Bytom.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.