Chorzow Elcho power station

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Chorzow Elcho power station is an operating power station of at least 226-megawatts (MW) in Chorzów, Śląskie, Poland.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chorzow Elcho power station Chorzów, Chorzów, Śląskie, Poland 50.307464, 18.969459 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 50.307464, 18.969459

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - bituminous, bioenergy - unknown 113 subcritical 2003
Unit 2 operating coal - bituminous, bioenergy - unknown 113 subcritical 2003

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 ČEZ Polska SP zoo [100.0%]
Unit 2 ČEZ Polska SP zoo [100.0%]


The Chorzow Elcho power plant was commissioned and financed in 2003 by the American energy group PSEG.[1] Constructed by the contracted Foster Wheeler company, the Chorzow Elcho power plant is a cogeneration plant (connected to the national grid) which provides heating and electricity to the Katowice area.[2] The total cost of the project was approximately $324 million.[3] It was built upon the previous Elektrownia Chorzów SA power plant, one of the oldest power plants in Poland - it began operating in 1898. Elektrownia Chorzów SA closed down in 2003 when the new Chorzow Elcho plant was completed.[1]

The plant is currently operated by the Elektrocieplownia Chorzow ELCHO Sp z o.o. company.[2] A local heating company, Przedsiebiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej, buys the thermal output from the plant to supply it to the nearby area. Steam from the plant is also supplied to a utility company named Przedsiebiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej.[2]

In 2006, the CEZ Group acquired 89% of PSEG's share in the Chorzow Elcho plant, as well as in another plant, Skawina (75%) for €180 million. In 2011, the CEZ Group became the sole owner of the power plant.[1]

In 2013, the CEZ group announced it would increase the heating output to supply more heat to citizens of Katowice and Siemianowic Śląskich over the next ten years, from the existing 320 megawatt-tons (MWt) to 490 MWt per year.[4]

In 2015, the plant changed its name from Elektrociepłownia Chorzów ELCHO to CEZ Chorzów SA.[1]

In 2020, CEZ announced that it was divesting from several of its Polish assets, including the Chorzow power plant and its upcoming biomass generator (Chorzow II) to make further progress on its climate targets.[5] According to Climate Analytics, the closing year (on the regulator's end) for the Chorzow power plant is set for 2025.[6]

Emissions Controls

In 2008, the Chorzow Elcho plant started co-firing coal with biomass. The share of biomass in the plant's energy production is currently around 30%.[1]

In 2017, the plant was equipped with denitrification technologies. The investment plans from this project also include the construction of a new biomass generator unit, Chorzow II.[1]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 "Chorzow Elcho Plant - Profile". CEZ Group. Retrieved 2021-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Elcho Chorzow CHP Coal Power Plant Poland - GEO". Global Energy Observatory. Retrieved 2021-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. PSEG Global (2000-11-03). "PSEG Global reaches financial closing for Elcho project in Chorzow, Poland". Power Engineering. Retrieved 2021-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. "MORE HEAT FOR CITIZENS OF KATOWICE AND SIEMIANOWICE ŚLĄSKIE". CEZ Group. 2013-09-20. Retrieved 2021-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "CEZ GROUP OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES DIVESTMENT OF POLISH ASSETS". CEZ Group. 2020-09-16. Retrieved 2021-06-29.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "EU Coal Phase Out Detailed Information". Climate Analytics. 2017. Retrieved 2021-06-29.

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