Alstom’s power plant for Poland

Alstom has signed a contract worth over €900m to build a 833MW turnkey clean coal power plant in Belchatow, Poland, for Polish utility BOT Elektrownia Belchatow.



The new plant will be the largest power plant ever built in the country. It is scheduled to begin commercial operation in October 2010.



Alstom will design, build and commission the new lignite-fired power plant, which aims to achieve efficiencies of up to 42 per cent. This would make it the most efficient lignite-fired coal plant in the country.



Alstom will also manufacture and supply all the main equipment, including the advanced supercritical boiler, the steam turbine, the turbo generator and the control system.



The low NOx boiler will be integrated with a wet flue gas desulphurisation system so that emissions of sulphur dioxide (SOx) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) will be reduced to meet emission levels required by the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive.



The plant is designed to operate with a high efficiency cycle. The effect will not only be reduced fuel consumption but a decrease of overall emissions, including CO2. The plant would generate 10 per cent less CO2 on a per KWh basis than the typical coal plant in the region.