Energy Environment 2 August, 2017 9:00 am   
Editorial staff

PGE to limit pollution from heat and power generation plant. GE will help

Technology developed by GE will help PGE GiEK’s combined heat and power generation plant in Bydgoszcz to meet EU’s most strict standards on air quality. “The new flue gas desulphurisation installation guarantees a stable reduction of SO2 emissions under 130 mg/m3 and of dust under 10 mg/m3. Thus, it will guarantee that the plant meets EU air quality standards,” ensured the company in a press release.

“Our experience as the leader of EPC projects and the completed projects in Janikowo, Poznań and Łódź give us basis to take the responsibility for supply, delivery and implementation of the entire project. The new technology will ensure security and heat and power for the inhabitants of Bydgoszcz,” the company said in a press release.

On 1 August 2017 in Warsaw, GE Power and PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna, a subsidiary of PGE Group, signed a deal on expanding a flue gas desulphurisation installation at Zespół Elektrociepłowni PGE in Bydgoszcz. Thanks to the GE-patented semi-dry NID™ technology, the Bydgoszcz’s heat and power plant will meet the stricter EU emission norms, which will enter into force in 2021.

The investment costs PLN 44 m and will be realized in the EPC formula (engineering, procurement, construction), which means it will encompass the design, supply, delivery and construction of a complete and ready-to-use flue gas desulphurisation installation. The installation is based on the GE-patented NID™ dry flue gas desulfurization technology, which is one of the most advanced solutions currently available on the market. It guarantees high efficiency of emissions reduction both when it comes to the desulphurisation of flue gas and dust. In Poland, GE has successfully installed similar installations in heat and power plants in Janikowo, Bydgoszcz, Poznań, Łódź and Dąbrowa Górnicza (in progress).

“We are proud that GE technology has been chosen. It will allow the PGE heat and power plant to meet the latest, stricter EU regulations on air pollution,” Sławomir Żygowski, Country Sales Executive for Poland and Baltics at GE Steam Power Systems said. “Our solutions are implemented by a local, professional and experienced team, which has been maintaining and renovating installations for decades. Currently we are starting to integrate our AQCS technology with the possibilities offered by digital solutions.”

The construction of the flue gas desulphurisation installation will allow the plant to achieve a stable reduction of SO2 emission to a level under 130 mg/m3 and of dust under 10 mg/m3 in purified flue gases. In result, the plan will meet the emissions standards included in the Industrial Emissions Directive and in the BAT Conclusions, which require that the latest available technology for environmental protection is used.

The contract says that the modernization will end and the installation will be commissioned in December 2018. The investment is part of PGE Group’s strategy of responsible and sustainable development.

“We are pursuing a very strict environmentally-friendly policy, which will be consistently implement in the future. We are aware of our impact on the surroundings, which is why we are focusing on reducing our impact on the environment through, among others, the adaptation of the producing assets to the new energy market model,” Sławomir Zawada CEO of PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna said.

The new installation will not only meet the increasingly stricter emission standards for SO2, but will also make it possible to fully use the capacity of two boilers and thus will secure heat delivery to the town of Bydgoszcz.
“We are proud of our cooperation with PGE GiEK, our partner in the development of the Polish energy sector, regarding this important investment. GE Power is fully ready to deliver to our clients energy technologies, which are cost-effective, infallible, cleaner, sustainable and in line with environmental requirements,” added Beata Stelmach, CEO of GE Poland and the Baltics.