PGE has commissioned a state-of-the-art, low-emission gas-fired boiler plant at the Bydgoszcz I CHP plant owned by PGE Energia Ciepła. The investment, with a total capacity of approximately 40 MW, was made as part of the ongoing transformation of the district heating assets to gradually replace existing generation sources with new low- and zero-emission units.
The new gas-fired boiler plant at the Bydgoszcz CHP plant consists of four 9.5 MWt gas-fired water boilers. It will ensure that heat is produced in an efficient and environmentally friendly way and will improve air quality in the city. In the coming heating season, the new boiler plant will supply heat to the city’s district heating system, ensuring a secure heat supply for the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz.
“The commissioning of a low-emission gas-fired boiler plant with a capacity of about 40 MW has enabled the complete shutdown of coal-fired boilers at the Bydgoszcz I CHP Plant and will contribute to reducing CO2 emissions by nearly 50%. This investment brings us closer to achieving a 100% share of low- and zero-emission fuels in heat production by 2030. I am pleased that it has been carried out by the Polish company Energotechnika – Energorozruch,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna. “As part of the transformation of the heating sector, we are currently implementing nine investments in the PGE Group aimed at phasing out coal-fired heat generation,” added Wojciech Dąbrowski.
The commissioned gas-fired boiler plant replaces the coal-fired boilers in the Bydgoszcz I Power Plant, which were completely shut down. The equipment used will ensure high efficiency in the conversion of fuel energy into heat, while maintaining high reliability and availability. The contractor for the investment was Energotechnika – Energorozruch. The cost of the project was over PLN 23 million.
PGE is also implementing a second low-carbon investment in Bydgoszcz, which will allow it to phase out coal by 2030. As a result of its implementation The Bydgoszcz II CHP plant will include five gas-engine CHP units with a total capacity of 52.6 MWe and a reserve peak source with a total capacity of over 70 MWt, ensuring safe operation and guaranteed parameters. Such a configuration of thermal resources – including, above all, the introduction of gas into the fuel mix – will ensure the optimal operation of the Bydgoszcz CHP Plant and, at the same time, the lowest possible price for heat generation.
As part of the transformation of the district heating sector, nine investments are currently being carried out in the PGE Group: Siechnice, Rzeszów, Bydgoszcz, Kielce, Gorzów Wielkopolski, Gdynia, Lublin, Zgierz, Zawidawie, with the aim of completely phasing out coal-fired heat generation and switching to low-carbon generation using high-efficiency gas cogeneration, gas-fired boilers and renewable energy sources.
At the same time, advanced preparatory work is being carried out at PGE’s largest sites in EC Kraków, Wroclaw and Gdansk as part of the Asset Transformation Plan.