18 April 2013 13:17 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--PKN Orlen has launched construction work on what will be the largest state-of-the-art combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) heat and electricity co-generation plant in Poland, the Polish oil and petrochemicals group said on Thursday.
The 470 MWe (megawatt electrical) unit will be used by Orlen production plants and subsidiaries including Anwil, a major polyvinyl chloride (PVC) producer and a maker of nitrogen fertilizers, while approximately half its output would be sold to external customers, Orlen added.
It was expected that the CCGT plant, which would be constructed by General Electric in consortium with SNC Lavalin in Wlocawek, north-central Poland, would be commissioned by the end of 2015, the group said.
The overall costs of the CCGT project would amount to zloty (Zl) 1.4bn ($443m, €340m).
In a press release, Orlen CEO Jacek Krawiec said: "We have decided to use a technology relying on natural gas, which is environmentally friendly and beneficial in terms of CO2 emissions. Also, since we are engaged in shale gas exploration, our choice was clear.
"The new plant in Wloclawek is an important stepping stone in the planned development of our power segment, as one of the pillars of the company's new strategy for the next five years."
The plant is designed to consume 0.6-0.7bn cubic metres of gas annually, Orlen said.
On Tuesday, Czech gas transmission operator Net4Gas said the construction of a cross-border gas pipeline interconnector project between Poland and the Czech Republic would open up Austria’s Baumgarten Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) to Polish gas customers.
($1 = €0.77, $1 = Zl 3.16, €1 = Zl 4.12)
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