Fortum is to build a new multi-fuel combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Zabrze, Poland.

The plant will have a production capacity of 220 MW including 145 MWth and 75 MWe with annual production estimated at approximately 730 GWh and 550 GWh of heat and electricity, respectively. The construction project is estimated to begin this summer, subject to the local environmental impact assessment process and other negotiations.

Due to start commercial operations by the end of 2018, the approximately €200 million (PLN 870 million) project will provide district heating to some 70,000 households in Zabrze and Bytom.

Primarily fuelled by locally-sourced refuse derived fuel (RDF) and coal, the facility can also use biomass and a mixture of fuels with RDF up to 50% of the total.

The new plant will replace the existing coal-fired units in Zabrze and Bytom.

Markus Rauramo, Senior Vice President of Heat, Electricity Sales and Solutions division at Fortum noted: ‘Poland is one of the biggest district heating markets in Europe.’