A stamping of the boilerplates ceremony has officially confirmed the successful pressure test of the boiler at a new unit being built at Kozienice coal-fired power plant in Poland.
And instead of champagne, the guests raised a toast with ‘boiler water’.
The €1.2 billion unit – Kozienice 11 – is being built by Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe and Polish engineering and construction firm Polimex-Mostostal for owner Enea.
It will have a capacity of 1075 MW, with an efficiency level of approximately 46 per cent.
“The new unit of Kozienice will become an important pillar for Polish energy security,” said Enea chief executive Miroslaw Kowalik.
“At the same time it will be one of the most efficient facilities of its kind in the world. This investment shows that there is a place for modern, high-efficient and low-emission conventional power plants, which are using cutting-edge technologies to produce energy based on coal, in an environmentally friendly manner.”
The foundation stone for the power plant’s new unit was laid in November 2012 and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe has supplied the steam turbine, generator and associated components, and flue gas cleaning equipment, which have all come from Japanese parent Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems.
Consortium partner Polimex-Mostostal is building the plant and also supplying most of the balance of plant.
The Kozienice 11 contract marked MHPSE’s entry into the Polish power market. MHPSE chief executive Rainer Kiechl says that since then “we have acquired a further order for constructing the utility power plant at Turow and are also participating in other bid invitations”.
He said Poland is “clearly a key market for our company and the trouble-free collaboration with customer Enea is an important reference for us”.
At the boiler pressure test, the finned tube walls, heating surfaces and piping of the 100-meter high utility steam generator were filled with water and tested for seal tightness at a 513 bar pressure. Over 93,000 welds had to withstand this extremely high pressure.
Currently almost 2450 workers, engineers and other specialists are working on the project.