Planned gas and steam unit in southern Poland receives building permit

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Polish energy company PGE announced on Friday (15 March) that its planned gas and steam unit in Rybnik (southern Poland) has received a building permit, enabling the project’s general contractor to commence the unit’s construction works.

The project is being developed by a special purpose company Rybnik 2050, part of the PGE Group.

The gas-steam block in Rybnik, with a planned capacity of 882.9 megawatts (MW), is set to be one of the largest and most efficient blocks of its kind in Poland and one of the largest in Europe.

The emission intensity index of the new block is 320 g CO2 per kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity generated, which means it is three times lower than for 200 MW class coal-fired blocks, PGE noted in a press release.

The commissioning is planned in late 2026. In December 2022, the planned gas-steam block obtained a 17-year contract in the main capacity market auction, which will come into effect from 2027.

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