Zabrze power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Zabrze Power Station is a 74-megawatt (MW) combined heat and power station in Zabrze, Poland.

A new 220 MW co-fired plant was constructed at the site in 2018.


The undated satellite photo below shows the Zabrze Power Station in Zabrze.

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Proposed power station

Fortum has proposed another 350-megawatt (MW) coal and biomass-fired plant in Zabreze. The plant will use 440,000 tonnes of hard coal a year, plus an additional 114,400 tonnes of lower quality coal. It will work 8,000 hours a year, and have an estimated emissions of 777,6 MG/year of SO2 and NOx and 16 MG/year of coal dust.[1]

In 2013 Fortum said it was suspending plans for the power station due to uncertainty over Poland's energy laws and the outlook for co-fired coal and biomass. Fortum said its final decision will be dependent on the level of state support for cogeneration projects in the final version of Poland’s draft renewable energy law.[2]

In March 2015 Fortum said it was pursuing plans for a new plant with production capacity of 220 MW, including 145 MW of heat and 75 MW of electricity. The new units will replace the existing plant, which was built in the 1950s. The new plant will primarily be fueled by refuse derived fuel and coal, but can also use biomass and a mixture of fuels. It is planned to start commercial operations by the end of 2018. The total value of the investment is approximately EUR 200 million (PLN 870 million).[3] Foster Wheeler has been contracted to design, supply, construct and commission the new circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) plant.[4]

Construction began in June 2016. On April 5, 2017, Fortum said the construction work is on schedule and the plant should be open by 2018.[5]

The plant went online in September 2018.[6]

Project Details of proposed station

  • Sponsor: Fortum
  • Parent company:
  • Developer: Foster Wheeler
  • Location: Zabrze, Zabrze county, Silesia Province, Poland
  • Coordinates: 50.324928,18.785719 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Capacity: 220 MW (145 MW of heat and 75 MW of electricity)
  • Type:
  • Start date: 2018
  • Coal Type: Bituminous coal, combined with refuse derived fuel
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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