French utility Alstom Euronext: ALO is to deploy combined heat and power and on-site power technology to continue progressively modernising Poland’s steam based power plants.

The company is to spend around $12m during the process, which involves the  modernisation of unit 3 of the 1492 MW Opole power plant located in Brzezie, Opole province in Poland.

It will involve an overhaul of the steam turbine and the delivery of an electrohydraulic control system. The upgrade will extend the turbine’s lifetime. The unit is scheduled to be commissioned by end 2012.

The second contract from Zespol Elektrocieplowni Wroclawskich Kogeneracja SA includes the delivery of a new generator rotor for unit 2 of its 110 MW Czechnica’s heat power plant, located in the Lower Silesia Province.  This contract includes upgrading the bearings, as well as the supervision of erection and commissioning of the generator.

The modernisation will be completed by end 2013 and eliminates the need for pre-heating of the rotor before starting the generator; thus allowing faster delivery of electrical power to the grid.

The last contract from KGHM Polska Miedź S.A. involves the delivery of an electrostatic precipitator (ESP) for the Glogow copper smelter, also located in the Lower Silesia province in the western part of the country. The order includes the delivery; erection and commissioning of the ESP, which will further reduce the smelter’s impact on the environment.