Overview

Croatia gets almost half of its energy from hydropower plants—but needs supplementary energy to call its own.

The challenge

Croatia used nearly 17,000 GWh of electricity in 2014 while producing 13,000 GWh, resulting in a shortfall that required the Adriatic Coast nation to import energy. Hrvatska Elektroprivreda is working to reverse this unequal exchange of resources.

The solution

Hrvatska Elektroprivreda operates the Plomin coal-fired power station in western Croatia, which has been operating since 1969 and has a 340-meter-high chimney, the tallest built structure in the country. GE will upgrade the Plomin 2 power station’s 210 MW OEM steam turbine, a BBC-Alstom design, with advanced 3-D blades, new rotor, blade carriers, inner casing, and other spare parts.

Outcomes

Finding new ways to power Croatia’s homes

improved efficiency

22,000 tons

decrease in annual coal consumption

+10,000

more households powered after completion of Plomin-2

Today, the country gets nearly half of its energy from hydropower plants and has one coal-fueled thermal facility at Plomin.

GE will retrofit “Plomin 2”—boosting its power and efficiency to 3.6 %, which will improve its heat rate. The retrofit will lead to lower emissions and a decrease in coal consumption by more than 22,000 tons annually.

Its steam turbines will have their lifespans extended by 200,000 operating hours.

In addition, we will build a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) platform for Plomin 2 to treat its flue gas and reduce emissions of NOx.

Upon completion, the facility will be able to power 10,000 more homes in Croatia.