GE announced that the order of two high-efficiency and lower emission power units to be constructed through consortium at the Polska Grupa Energetyczna Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna’s (PGE) Dolna Odra Power Plant in the Western Pomerania region of Poland. The order will include two GE 9HA.01 gas turbines, along with two STF-D650 steam turbines, two generators and two heat recovery steam generators (HRSG) providing up to 1.4 gigawatt (GW) of power at Dolna Odra—the equivalent needed to power approximately 1 million Polish households. The order will further stabilize the regional grid, which heavily utilizes variable onshore and offshore wind farms currently.
PGE’s investment in modern gas-fired power units will provide stability for the long-term operation of the current coal-fired power plant. With this project, PGE will transform Dolna Odra into a power plant producing electricity with lower emissions to meet regional environmental standards. With the commissioning of the new units in 2023, PGE’s plant is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by about 2-3 million tonnes per year.
The Dolna Odra Power Plant plays a key role in the Polish National Power System as the only system producer for the northwestern region of Poland. The new power plant expansion has been awarded a 17-year contract in the main power market auction, which will begin in 2024.
The GE- led consortium includes the Polish company Polimex Mostostal, which has been awarded the contract for the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of the new units, together with full underground infrastructure. GE factories in Elblag and Wroclaw in Poland will also produce equipment for the project. The order also includes an additional 12-year service contract with GE.