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ENEA Elektrownia Połaniec continues to pursue its green investment programme – Połaniec Power Plant’s electrostatic precipitators to be upgraded

ENEA Elektrownia Połaniec has signed a contract with GE Power and Stal-Systems for upgrading the electrostatic precipitators (ESPs) in six of its power units. This investment project is part of Połaniec Power Plant’s adaptation programme to the BAT conclusions. The upgraded ESPs will improve environmental parameters of the entire installation. Worth in excess of PLN 210 million gross, the construction works are scheduled for completion in December 2020.

The project is of key importance to Połaniec Power Plant as part of the adaptation programme of the Plant’s power units to the so-called BAT (Best Available Techniques) conclusions. The upgrade of ESPs will increase their efficiency by as much as 50% and thus extend the lifetime of the entire installation. Thanks to the best available techniques applied, Połaniec Power Plant will be able to meet the most stringent environmental standards required by EU regulations.

– Taking care of the environment is a very important part of our business. Therefore, we continue to pursue our pro-ecological mission by taking up another challenge. Upon completing our new investment project, Połaniec Power Plant will be fully adapted to the BAT conclusions, which proves that we approach the issue of environmental protection with great responsibility – said Lech Żak, President of the Management Board at ENEA Elektrownia Połaniec S.A.

– This project is an important step for us in developing our cooperation with ENEA while building modern power grid infrastructure in Poland together with our clients – commented Sławomir Żygowski, CEO of GE Power Poland. – We are proud to support ENEA Elektrownia Połaniec in generating electricity for the inhabitants of south-eastern Poland, where Połaniec is a key power plant, important for the safety of power supply in this areaSławomir Żygowski added.

A comprehensive upgrade of ESPs in Power Units Nos. 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 will be executed under the full turnkey construction contract (or EPC – Engineering, Procurement and Construction). The scope of the project will cover flue gas duct systems with compensators, fly ash handling systems for removing ash from under the funnels of the ESPs, as well as metering, control, protection and power supply systems.

– The upgrade of electrostatic precipitators is an enormous technological and logistic undertaking, especially due to the necessity to perform the disassembly and assembly works with the use of heavy equipment. Additionally, the upgrade process will take place within two timeframes covering three power units each – stressed Marek Ryński, Vice-President of the Management Board for Technology at ENEA Elektrownia Połaniec.

For works not requiring a shutdown of the units, the construction site will be handed over to the contractor already in November 2019. The electrostatic precipitators will be upgraded as part of major overhauls planned for each unit, so no additional disruption to the Plant’s ongoing operation is to be expected. The upgrade works on all six ESPs at Połaniec Power Plant are scheduled for completion in December 2020.

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