The lignite unit in Turów will have a gross capacity of just under 500 MW and an efficiency of over 43%. As such, the plant will rank amongst the most modern in Europe. The order is valued at 3.25bn Zloty net (approx. EUR 800m). Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe is to supply the utility steam generator, all the flue gas cleaning equipment, piping, turbine/generator and instrumentation & control and will furthermore place the power plant into service. Consortium partners Budimex SA (Poland) and Técnicas Reunidas, S.A. (Spain) are responsible for construction/erection, cooling tower, general electrical engineering, steel structures, ducts and some balance-of-plant. The 500 MW unit is to be built on an existing power plant site on which six power plant units with some 1,500 MW of installed capacity are located.
"This additional contract that we and our consortium have been awarded in Poland is a clear endorsement of our strategic alignment to the markets in Poland, eastern Europe and Turkey as being correct", states Rainer Kiechl, CEO of the MHPSE Board of Directors. "These economically emerging countries are placing their trust in assured, low-cost and technically highly developed power production from national energy sources involving a high local value added."
The company has a large and varied number of references in energy plant construction and can look back on a long practical track record. For instance, MHPSE's predecessor delivered the utility steam generator for the lignite unit in Boxberg (Saxony) and for the world's largest lignite plant in Neurath. Since 2006 bituminous coal / lignite power plants and gas power stations with a total capacity in excess of 27,000 MW have either been constructed / commissioned or operated. Construction of the new unit is set to begin in Turów at the beginning of 2015 with commissioning scheduled for mid-2019.
Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Europe based in Duisburg is a 100% subsidiary of Japanese Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. (MHPS). Globally oriented MHPS has 23,000 employees (consolidated) on its payroll and aims to become No. 1 globally in thermal power plant construction. Rainer Kiechl: "Incorporation into the network of out parent strengthens our competence and clout in the turn-key construction of coal power plants. Our customers also benefit from high-tech components, such as the steam turbine manufactured in Japan."