Alstom to retrofit Europe’s largest lignite coal plant

Europe’s largest lignite coal-fired power plant is to benefit from greater capacity and efficiency after the announcement that Alstom has been contracted to retrofit the PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna facility in Poland.

The deal will also see a retrofit of unit 2 of Eletrownia Belchatow in a deal worth $36m.

Europe's largest lignite coal-fired power plant

The contract covers the modernisation of the High Pressure (HP) and Intermediate Pressure (IP) parts and related auxiliary systems of the steam turbine as well as the generator in unit 2. Alstom will be responsible for the engineering, delivery and supervision over erection.

The retrofit will increase the plant output by 20 MW. The project will improve plant efficiency thus reducing annual CO2 emissions by 100,000 tons.

With these measures implemented, the unit will comply with the requirements set out in Directive 2001/80/EC on the limitation of emissions of certain pollutants into the air from large combustion plants. The retrofit will additionally improve the unit’s operating availability and reliability and extend its lifecycle by another 25 years.

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