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EDF to build high efficiency coal fired power plant in Poland

France’s EDF has confirmed it is to construct a EUR1.8bn ($2.4bn), 900 MW supercritical coal fired power plant at its existing Rybnik facility in Poland.

The investment decision is in line with the French state-ownedà‚  utility’s aim to reinforce its position in Central Europe and target 200 GW of installed capacity by 2020 through a diversified energy mix, comprising 25 per cent of fossil fuel fired generation.

The new plant at Rybnik will utilize both hard coal and biomass, and help EDF meet the increase in electricity demand in Poland, which is growing at around 3 per cent a year, as new environmental directives force the country’s oldest power plants to be shutdown from 2016.

In Poland, EDF has a turnover of in excess of EUR1bn, an installed power capacity of over 3 GW and a 10 per cent share of the electricity market.

France’s Alstom has been awarded the contract to build the facility’s power block by EDF’s Polish subsidiary, Elektrownia Rybnik SA (ERSA). Alstom’s full scope includes the supply of the boiler and its coal milling system, and the complete turbine hall including steam turbine, generator and the balance-of-plant auxilliaries.

The plant’s commercial operation is scheduled for 2017, and will enable ERSA’s total generation capacity to meet approximately 12 per cent of power demand in Poland.

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