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PGE has shut down two 50-year-old coal units in Rybnik

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“After fifty years of work, the operation of the two oldest coal-fired power units has been completed,” wrote Polska Grupa Energetyczna on social media. At the end of 2023, two coal-fired power units no. 3 and 4 at the Rybnik Power Plant were turned off. They will be replaced at this plant with an 882 MW gas unit. The value of this investment is approximately PLN 4 billion net.

“On December 31, 2023, after fifty years of work, the operation of the two oldest coal-fired power units No. 3 and 4 at the Rybnik Power Plant, owned by PGE GiEK, was ended,” PGE announced on Monday evening on its profile on the X (formerly Twitter) website.

She recalled that both units will ultimately be replaced by a gas-steam power unit with a capacity of 882 MW, ordered in February last year.

Energy transformation and changing the structure of energy production

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Wojciech Dąbrowski, president of PGE, quoted in the next entry, noted that the shutdown of old coal units is an element of the energy transformation carried out by the company and changing the structure of electricity generation in Poland to a low and zero-emission one. “The largest gas-steam unit in Poland, currently being built in Rybnik, with a capacity of 882 MW, will effectively replace the decommissioned coal units, ensuring stable energy supplies for the entire region,” declared President Dąbrowski.

“The new unit will significantly reduce emissions of dust and sulfur oxides, which will contribute to improving air quality in the region, and thanks to the significant decrease in CO2 emissions, the impact of the costs of CO2 emission allowances on energy production will be limited,” added the head of PGE.

Disabled units at the Rybnik Power Plant

Units No. 3 and 4 are the next 200 MW units, the so-called “two hundred” turned off at the Rybnik Power Plant. Units No. 1 and 2, put into operation at the end of 1972 and at the end of May 1973, were shut down in 2021. Units No. 3 and 4 were put into operation in October 1973 and at the end of January 1974, respectively.

“Rybnik” Power Plant in RybnikNAC/Sygnatura3/53/0/3/309

The plant still operates units no. 5-8, commissioned in 1978, with a total gross capacity of 900 MW. The disabled units no. 1-4 will be replaced by the unit ordered in February this year. a new gas and steam unit with a capacity of 882 MW.

The value of this investment is approximately PLN 4 billion net. The block has an efficiency of nearly 64%. it is to be ready at the end of 2026. The unit is being built by a consortium of Polimex Mostostal and Siemens. The unit is to consume approximately 1 billion cubic meters. gas per year. This gas will flow through Gaz-System gas pipelines. On Monday, this gas transmission system operator signed contracts for the construction of the Racibórz – Rybnik gas pipelines, 38.7 km long, and the Kędzierzyn Koźle – Racibórz gas pipelines, 37 km long. Both of these ordered gas pipelines – together with a 4.5 km long connection gas pipeline – will create an 80-kilometer section of the transmission network, supplying fuel to the 882 MW unit in Rybnik. The commissioning of both gas pipelines is planned for Q2 2026. The gas and steam unit currently under construction in Rybnik was awarded a 17-year contract in the main auction of the capacity market in December 2022, which will come into force from 2027.

Rybnik Power Plant – details

The Rybnik Power Plant came to the PGE Group a few years ago; previously it belonged to the French energy company EdF, which sold its Polish assets. In the Group’s structure, the power plant initially belonged to PGE Energia Ciepła, and currently to PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Nowoczesnalna.

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