GDF Suez has signed a contract with Foster Wheeler to build in Poland the largest plant in the world fueled entirely by biomass.
“This project will complement the renewable energy portfolio of the Group in Poland illustrating the strategy to hold a diversified portfolio of renewable energy, which today represents 20% of its electricity capacity worldwide, “says the French energy group.
With a total production of 190 MW, the power plant will operate by burning wood and agricultural residues, reducing 1.2 million tons of CO2 emission a year. Located in Polaniec, in southeast Poland, the plant will replace a 1,800 MW coal and biomass central owned by GDF Suez, and is to be up and running late in December 2012.
This plant will contribute to the commitment by Poland to produce over 15% of its electricity from renewables by 2020. Poland has large resources of biomass such as wood and agricultural residues, which can be used for electricity production, thereby helping to reduce CO2 emissions.
The design and construction of the circulating fluidized bed boiler, the first of its kind in the world able to burn only biomass, will be performed by Foster Wheeler, a world leader in this technology.
“The construction of this plant in Poland, and the development of the new wind farms emphasize GDF Suez engagement in Sustainable Development and the Polish market,” said Dirk Beeuwsaert, Executive Vice-President of GDF SUEZ, in charge of the Energy Europe and International business.