On Thursday, April 18 in Wloclawek laying the foundation stone took place, being the official inauguration of the construction of the most modern and the largest gas-steam power plant in Poland. The new unit with a capacity of 463 MWe net will generate heat in combination with electricity in a single proces, namely cogeneration. The estimated commissioning date for the Wloclawek investment is the end of 2015.
The ceremony was attended by Director of Strategy and Development Jan Antończyk and General Designer Krzysztof Musiał.
The power plant will be built by the General Electric and SNC Lavalin consortium. EPK is the Designer of the gas and steam power plant in Wloclawek as a contractor of the Construction Design together with all legally required attachments.
The investment in Wloclawek is the flagship project of PKN ORLEN associated with the implementation of the Company's energy strategy. A key benefit of the project is co-generation, which significantly increases the efficiency of the process of producing electricity and heat. The unit will completely cover the demand of Anwil for electricity and will be the primary source of steam for the Wloclawek plant. About half of the 463 MWe of energy produced in Wloclawek will go to the external market, and the power plant will use 0.6—0.7 billion m3 of natural gas per year. Annual electricity production of the unit, in terms of individual consumers would be able to meet the needs of hundreds of thousands of homes in Poland, while the hourly gas consumption corresponds to about 65,000 operating gas cookers.
The heart of the Wloclawek plant will be the so-called "Power Train", i.e. the gas turbine weighing about 330 tons, connected to a generator that weighs approximately 420 tons and more than 350 ton steam turbine, which constitutes the most technologically complicated part of the power plant.