Securing the Polish grid and beyond

With Poland looking to further expand its renewable energy sources by adding two GW to the power grid by 2020, there is an emerging need for flexible baseload energy. Ostrołęka C is specifically designed for this goal and will have faster start-up and ramp-up times to securely deliver energy to Polish cities when the sun stops shining and the winds blowing. With 1,000MW of power output, Ostrołęka C has the capacity to back up more than 330 wind turbines or 20,000 solar panels.

Situated in the northeast of Poland, Ostrołęka C will also play a crucial role in ensuring the synchronization with the Continental European energy of the Baltic States - Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia – planned by 2025. More than a symbolic gesture, this synchronization will ensure the energy security of the European Union while providing the much-needed grid stability for these countries. Additionally, by using the locally available coal, Ostrołęka C will further strengthen Poland’s energy sovereignty and independence from market and political fluctuations.

The latest technology for lower emissions

GE is the lead Engineering, Procurement and Commissioning contractor for Ostrołęka C. Equipped with the latest GE coal technology, Ostrołęka C bears little resemblance to the Polish coal plants constructed 30 years ago. The power plant will operate at a very high temperature and pressure – we call that ultra-supercritical – with a real and direct impact towards the community. Thanks to these higher parameters than most of Poland’s installed base, Ostrołęka C will reach the highest efficiency level possible in Poland with 46%. It translates into less fuel burn, with more efficiency and more power. In comparison to the global average of 33%, that represents a 26% reduction of CO2 per MW produced.

On top of that, Ostrołęka C will operate with the latest emission controls technology – practically speaking, it will remove the Sulphur, the nitrate, and the dust from the air, making sure that Ostrołęka C adheres to the most stringent EU norms. With these new technologies, Ostrołęka C’s emissions will be just one-fifth of those of a coal plant built 15 years ago.

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