Siemens has been awarded a contract for the turnkey construction of a combined cycle power plant in Poland to be equipped with the innovative Siemens H-Class gas turbine. It is the first project of this type in Central Europe to be undertaken outside Germany. The customer for the 596 MWe plant in Płock is PKN Orlen, Eastern Europe’s largest mineral oil company. Located around 100 kilometres northwest of the capital city of Warsaw, the plant is designed to be very flexible and can feed electricity into the national power grid as well as supplying the petrochemical production and refinery installations in Płock with electricity and process steam. Commissioning of the plant is scheduled for the end of 2017.
Since 2003, the Polish economy has undergone significantly faster growth than the average recorded for other EU countries. Power demand in the country has increased from 140,590 GWh to 157,980 GWh, not least due to a rise in industrial production. New power plants have to be constructed to meet this growing demand, at the same time as replacing old and inefficient installations.