GE to power natural gas, thermal power plant in Poland

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Warsaw, Poland, October 3, 2012 — GE will supply advanced gas turbine technology for a new 450 MW, combined-cycle power plant in the city of Stalowa Wola that will be the largest gas-fired project in Poland. Poland currently gets 95 percent of its electricity from coal-fired plants.

GE will provide a Frame 9F 5-series gas turbine and generator to Abengoa, the engineering, procurement and construction contractor for the Stalowa Wola project. Abengoa is an international company that applies technology solutions for sustainable development in the energy and environment sectors. GE also has signed a separate contract with Abengoa to provide maintenance services for the plant for 12 years.

The new plant, located adjacent to an existing Stalowa Wola Power Station, is owned by Elektrocieplownia Stalowa Wola, a joint venture between TAURON, the second largest utility in Poland, and PGNiG, a state-owned national gas and oil company. The facility, located about 230 kilometers southeast of Warsaw, is expected to begin commercial service in May of 2015.

The new plant will have a capacity of 449 MW of electricity and 240 MW of thermal power for heating and will operate at a thermal efficiency of nearly 60 percent. The plant's carbon dioxide emissions will be about 50 percent lower than a similar-sized coal-fired plant.

Poland estimates that it needs to add about 2.4 GW of gas thermal capacity by the end of 2015 to reduce its reliance on coal-fired power. To date, 9F technology has accumulated 11 million operating hours worldwide.

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