Gubin Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

Gubin Power Project is a proposed new lignite coal mine and a 2,700- to 3,000 megawatt (MW) coal power station in the Gubin area of Poland by state-owned Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

Location

The map below shows Gubin, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Background

According to PGE's 2012 strategy report, Gubin Power Project will move forward "[if] climate policy allows for economic validity of the project. The project has a proposed commercial operation date of 2030. Project plans include possible extension of the new plant with carbon capture and storage.[1]

According to PGE's 2014 strategy report, the company is seeking the required administrative permits for 860 million tonnes of lignite at the Gubin deposit.[2]

In August 2014, PGE stated that it plans to launch the first investment connected with the construction of a lignite mine in Gubin in 2018. According to the company, construction of a 2,700 - 3,000 MW coal plant would begin in 2025, with completion in 2030.[3]

In August 2016 plans for the lignite strip mine to supply the proposed plant were suspended by an administrative decision of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection. The Directorate said there were gaps in the mine plan that undercut the extent of the environmental effects, and called on PGE to remedy the deficiencies. Until then the permitting process is considered suspended. PGE said they plan to continue with the project.[4]

In May 2017 PGE said the decision to move the project forward will be taken after 2020, and said they are considering building a nuclear plant instead of a coal plant.[5]

In August 2019, mine sponsor Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) abandoned plans for the proposed Gubin-Brody lignite mine after a decade-long campaign against the project by local residents and Greenpeace Poland. With the mine cancelled, it is likely the coal plant will be cancelled as well.[6]

In its 2019 annual report, state-owned utility PGE omitted any mention of the proposed Gubin lignite coal mine and associated power plant. According to Beyond Coal Europe: "The absence of the Gubin coal mine project in PGE’s financials is proof that the company has abandoned the project."[7]

Opposition

The planned investment in the Gubin Power Project caused protests among inhabitants of the Gubin and Brody districts. PGE claims the project could displace 2,300 persons.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: PGE
  • Parent company:
  • Developer:
  • Location: Gubin, Lubuskie, Poland
  • Coordinates: 51.948982,14.728458 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 2700 MW - 3000 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Gubin deposit
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "Creating value and safe future PGE Group Strategy 2012-2035," PGE, Feb. 2012.
  2. "2014-2020 PGE Strategy," PGE, accessed August 2014
  3. "PGE chce uruchomić elektrownię Gubin o mocy 2700-3000 MW w 2030 r." ISBnews, 25 August 2014
  4. "Plany budowy kopalni odkrywkowej w Gubinie wstrzymane," Greenpeace Poland, Aug 10, 2016
  5. "PGE: decyzja o budowie elektrowni jądrowej po 2020 roku," Cire, May 15, 2017
  6. "Sukces mieszkańców i ekologów: kopalnia odkrywkowa w Gubinie nie powstanie," Greenpeace, 27/08/2019
  7. "15 villages saved as PGE abandons Gubin mega mine due to bleak coal financials". Europe Beyond Coal. April 2, 2020. Retrieved 2020-04-15.
  8. "PGE power plans to launch investment in Gubin lignite mine in 2018," WSE, 5.08.2014

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