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Decommissioning threatens Poland’s energy security

A report from the Polish ministry of economy has outlined the potential for a power supply deficit in the country in 2016-17 due to a lack of new generation capacity coupled with ongoing plant decommissioning in the coal power sector.

The report reveals that Poland need to decommission 4.4 GW of existing capacity by the end of 2017, leading to a scenario whereby the Poles face a power capacity deficit of up to 1100 MW during peak periods in the winter of 2017.

Transmission system operator, PSE, is attempting to head off a potential energy gap through raising the amount of available cold reserve capacity, speeding up unit maintenance and boosting imports.

“It can be said that despite PSE’s planned management activities the risk of a shortage of available capacity in the coming years, especially in the period 2016-2017, is realistic,” the report said, according to Platts.

The deficits could begin appearing as early as 2015 but should cease by 2019, the ministry, headed by Janusz Piechocinskià‚ said, as 6.7 GW of new hard coal, lignite and gas-fired capacity comes online between 2015-2019.

There are plans to decommission 12.26 GW of generation capacity by 2030, with 36 per cent of the total, or 4.4 GW, to go between 2014-2017, it said. Of the total withdrawals, 80 per cent will be old hard coal-fired plant.

The report said there are plans to build 28 GW of new capacity by 2030, of which almost half will be built by 2020. However, it adds no significant new capacity will be added in 2013 and 2014.

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