Kozienice Power Plant

From Global Energy Monitor

Kozienice Power Station is a coal-fired thermal power station in Świerże Górne near Kozienice, Poland. Elektrownia Kozienice S.A., a subsidiary of Elektrownia Wytwarzanie, owns and operates the Kozienice Power Plant.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the Konienice Power Plant in Świerże Górne.

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Background

Kozienice Power Plant is Poland's second largest power station with an installed capacity of 3,915 megawatts (MW) (eight units of 215 MW each, two of 560 MW each, and one of 1,075 MW). It is owned by Elektrownia Wytwarzanie S.A., the generation subsidiary of Enea.[1][2]

It burns anthracite coal and was commissioned from 1972 to 2017.[3][2]

Expansion

Unit 11

Enea planned for a €1.3 billion coal-fired supercritical unit at the station (Unit 11) with an installed capacity of 1,000 MW. Construction was expected to start in 2012. Enea group also signed a PLN 22.5 million (€5.2 million) coal supply agreement with Lubelski Wegiel Bogdanka S.A. to supply coal from its Bogdanka coal mine. The supply agreement was set to expire in 2036.[4]

In September 2012, Enea announced it had signed an agreement with Polimex and Hitachi (Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe) to build a 1,075 MW (gross) power station expansion. Enea stated that Unit 11 had begun construction and was scheduled to be completed in 2017. Enea also stated that funding for the project would be from internal company funds "and its 10-year bond issue programme."[5][6]

In January 2017, Enea said it still expected the plant to be completed by the end of the year.[7]

The new unit was inaugurated by Enea on December 19, 2017, at a cost of 1.5 billion euro ($1.8 billion).[2]

Unit 12

According to Platts (2013), the company was also planning Unit 12, another 1,075 MW unit,[8] but there were no other news sources and developments for this proposal, which appears to be deferred or abandoned.

Financing

In early September 2012 Enea announced that it had reached agreement with BRE Bank over the PLN 4 billion bond programme, with a minimum of 40 bond raisings being conducted for a minimum of PLN100 million each. Enea also announced that "an agreement on bond subscription guarantee concerning the programme was concluded on 8 September 2012 between ENEA S.A. and ENEA Wytwarzanie. The guarantee agreement would be in force to June 2022 or till the date of bond redemption date."[9]

Proposed Gas Conversion

In 2020, Enea announced it was in discussions with Gaz-System to connect its Kozienice plant to the gas grid. Their aim was to convert the older coal units to gas units in the future.[10]

Coal retirement plans

In the extended report for the third quarter of 2021, Enea presented the schedule for the "shutdown" of coal-fired units:[11]

  • B1-B4: Four blocks with an installed capacity of 230 MW each were expected to be shut down in 2025;
  • B5-B8: Another four blocks with the same capacity were to be shut down in 2027;
  • B9-B10: Another two blocks with a capacity of 560 MW each were expected to retire in 2041 and 2042, respectively;
  • B11: The most modern and largest unit was expected to be phased out before the end of coal mining in Poland, i.e. in 2048.

Project details for Unit 11

  • Sponsor: Elektrownia Wytwarzanie S.A.
  • Parent company: Enea Capital Group
  • Developer: Polimex, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe
  • Location: Świerże Górne, Masovian, Poland
  • Coordinates: 51.58293, 21.54779 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 1075 MW
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start date: 2017
  • Coal Type: Hard coal
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing: BRE Bank

Articles and Resources

Sources

  1. "Description of the ENEA Capital Group", ENEA Capital Group website, accessed September 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Poland opens Europe's largest coal-fired power unit," Energy World, December 20, 2017
  3. "Enea: About Us: Power Plant specifications," Enea website, accessed September 2012
  4. "Enea to start a 1000MW coal-fired project in 2012," Cleantech Poland, January 24, 2012
  5. Enea, "ENEA Wytwarzanie S.A. signed the largest energy contract in Poland," Media Release, September 21, 2012
  6. "Polish builder Polimex signs $2 bln power deal," Reuters, September 21, 2012
  7. "Wiceprezes Enei: będziemy rozwijać usługi dodatkowe na rynku," Energetyka, January 12, 2017
  8. "World Electric Power Plants Database,", Platts, December 2013 (the database is not available online but can be purchased from Platts)
  9. "An agreement was signed on the bond issue programme," Media Release, September 8, 2012
  10. "Replacing coal with gas may delay Poland's planned power plant in Ostroleka," Reuters, February 11, 2020
  11. "Enea zamieni węgiel na gaz w Kozienicach. Jest harmonogram," Energia, November 26, 2021

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