Poland's ZAP, PGE launch tender for gas-fired power plant

30 August 2012 17:29  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--A tender for the construction of an 800–900 megawatt combined cycle gas-fired power plant has been launched by a joint venture between Poland's Zaklady Azotowe Pulawy (ZAP) and the largest Polish utility, Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), ZAP said on Thursday.

Electricity and heat produced by the plant should substantially cut the costs of ZAP's chemical production, ZAP added.

ZAP's production units, which include nitrogen fertilizer, melamine and caprolactam (capro) installations, currently rely on the output of a coal-fired power plant, the company said.

The plant, to be located in the vicinity of ZAP's main production complex, near Pulawy in eastern Poland, is scheduled to go into operation in 2018, it added.

Power produced by the plant will be sold to the Polish national grid, ZAP said.

The plant would emit substantially less CO2 gas than the coal-fired plant currently utilised, while there would be no slag and ash to dispose of, said the company.

Earlier on Thursday, Polish deputy treasury minister Rafal Baniak said the government is committed to a “merger of equals” when it comes to the upcoming combination of ZAP with chemical group Zaklady Azoty Tarnow (ZAT), allaying fears that ZAP would be subject to a hostile takeover.

By: Will Conroy
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