Energy GAS Renewables 21 March, 2023 7:35 am   
Editorial staff

Polish Briefing: New gas pipe I Vestas buys a Polish offshore company I PGE adds new green heat generation

photo_2019-12-10_17-59-38-2 European Commission. Photo: Bartłomiej Sawicki/

EU supports a gas pipe that will increase export via Baltic Pipe and LNG terminal

The European Commission (EC) has approved more than EUR 124 million for the construction of a 253-kilometer section of a gas transmission pipeline between Leśniewice and Wronów. It will be part of a wider system that includes connections to the Baltic Pipe and to the LNG terminal in Świnoujście, enabling deliveries to areas in the central and south-eastern parts of the country and export to neighboring countries via interconnectors with Lithuania, Slovakia and Ukraine.

Vestas buys offshore wind farm components factory in Szczecin

Vestas, a Danish manufacturer and seller of wind turbines, has won the tender for the ST3 Offshore plant in Szczecin. A few years ago the plant, which produced semi-foundations and trusses, announced liquidation. Now it can get a second chance to develop offshore wind farms in the Baltic.

In February 2023, the sixth tender for ST3 Offshore in Szczecin was announced. Denmark’s Vestas, which is engaged in the production, sale and service of wind turbines, won it.

This is the next step in the development of offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea. In October 2022, PKN Orlen announced that, together with Northland Power, it will build an installation terminal in the Port of Szczecin-Świnoujście for the Baltic Power offshore wind farm, which will consist of 76 turbines with a capacity of 15 MW.

The purchase of ST3 Offshore is not the first major investment of Danes in Poland. At the end of last year, Vestas announced that it would build a turbine factory in Szczecin, which will support, among others, the Baltic Power Project.

PGE Energia Ciepła to build two more generation sources in Bydgoszcz Power Plant

PGE Energia Ciepła is building low-carbon generation sources in Bydgoszcz. This includes a new reserve-peak boiler house and five cogeneration units and a reserve-peak source in Bydgoszcz I and II Combined Heat and Power Plants, respectively.

“The first of these investments began at the beginning of last year at the Bydgoszcz I CHP Plant, located on Żeglarska Street in Bydgoszcz. This is a new reserve-peak boiler house, which will consist of four water gas boilers with a capacity of 9.5 MWt each. It will heat buildings and water for Bydgoszcz residents. As part of the investment, external infrastructure will also be created, which, in addition to the above-mentioned boilers, will include facilities and ancillary facilities, a mains water installation with pumping station, a water treatment station for the mains water installation, as well as internal road layout and Land Management,” PGE EC said.

The second investment is currently under construction in the main production unit, owned by the Bydgoszcz II  CHP Plant, located on Energetyczna Street in Bydgoszcz. In October 2022, an agreement was signed
with the contractor of the investment, and in December of the same year the project received a valid decision on environmental conditions.

The investment in the Bydgoszcz I Combined Heat and Power Plant is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. The second project will be completed in early 2025.