Jenbacher engines to power Poland’s largest gas-fueled power plant, replacing coal power

INNIO Group announced that five Jenbacher J920 FleXtra engines will power a 50 MWe combined heat and power project in Bydgoszcz, Poland, for PGE Energia Ciepła S.A.

The five Jenbacher CHP units - generating a total of 52.6 MWe - each will consist  of a steam generator, a turbocharger, and an auxiliary module. Additionally, under a 10-year service agreement with PGE, the Jenbacher team will provide maintenance and assembly work, as well as start-up and operator training.

The “Ready for H2“ CHP plant will be fueled with gas, replacing coal-fueled power plants that are currently in use. The Jenbacher team will work with engineering and construction firm Polimex Mostostal S.A. and its subsidiary Polimex Energetyka Sp. z o.o. to implement the design, construction, installation and all other aspects of the building process to construct the turnkey cogeneration power plant, electrode water boiler and standby/peak boiler.

“INNIO Group’s technology is helping to achieve the transition to net zero by replacing coal power plants, resulting in eliminating over 70% CO2 per power plant,” said Dr. Olaf Berlien, president and CEO of INNIO Group. “Our ‘Ready for H2’ engines help ensure that PGE assets will be able to deliver carbon-free power and heat well into the future when hydrogen is more readily available.”

The use of gas for decentralized power and heat generation is an important aspect of PGE’s strategy to decarbonize its district heating operations. With the operational efficiency of the Jenbacher combined heat and power solution, PGE’s transition from coal-fueled power generation to natural gas helps support the Polish government’s plans to phase out coal and reduce carbon emissions.

The Bydgoszcz CHP facility will be the largest gas-fueled power plant using “Ready for H2” engines to replace a coal-fired power plant in Poland. The CHP plant supports the central aspect of Poland’s energy policy of reducing reliance on coal, especially for electricity generation and district heating. The facility marks the first Jenbacher J920 FleXtra project in Poland and is an important milestone for INNIO Group in Poland.

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