It is the most efficient unit in the country - thanks to the use of the advanced technology, its technical parameters allow an increase in the generation of electricity and the simultaneous fulfilment of all requirements provided for in the European Union Directives related to the emission of pollutants to the atmosphere. Furthermore, the 858 MW unit is prepared for cooperation with an installation for the capture, transport and storage of carbon dioxide (CCS).

After the commissioning of a CCS plant, the Bełchatów Power Plant's capacity to capture and store carbon dioxide will exceed two million tons a year. Poland's power generation sector is facing a number of serious challenges, said Treasury Minister Aleksander Grad. The European Union is pursuing a policy of switching from a high-emission economy to a low-emission economy and achieving greater efficiency for new investments in the power generation industry.

The Bełchatów Power Plant's new generation unit based on clean carbon technologies proves that we can succeed in addressing these challenges. 95% of Poland's power generation sector is based on coal, therefore the promotion of the development of clean carbon technologies should be one of the country's priorities, said PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna Management Board President Tomasz Zadroga. Without investments in such technologies, we will find it difficult to meet the requirements of the EU climate package and the plans for the implementation of zero-emission power generation technologies. That is why the construction of the 858 MW unit in Bełchatów is of such enormous importance. This investment project and experience acquired during its execution will be invaluable for the subsequent projects of this type. Due to its technological advancement, the new unit itself has become a benchmark for new standards in our power generation industry, added Mr Zadroga. The new power generation unit will be operated by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna SA, one of the six concerns belonging to Poland's largest power generation group - PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.  

More information is available from:

Sylwia Filimon
Public Relations Coordinator
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.
tel. 22 340 26 69      

Information about PGE Capital Group: PGE Capital Group is the largest group of the power generation sector in Poland and one of the largest in Central and Eastern Europe. Because of its size and position, it is a very important link in Poland's energy security system. PGE CG is the undisputed leader with respect to the installed capacities, volume of generated electricity and the number of end users. The PGE Capital Group has a 40% share in Poland's power generation market and a 25% share in the electricity distribution market. 26%. PGE CG's activities are divided into five segments: Conventional Power Generation, Renewable Power Generation, Nuclear Power Generation, Distribution Retail Sales and Wholesale Trade. The Group employs over 46,000 people and boasts 13.1 GW of installed generation capacities. In 2010 the PGE Capital Group's net electricity production reached a net level of  53 TWh. The Group's major competitive advantage is its presence in almost all links of the value chain in the power generation industry (except for the power transmission, which is dealt with by the company PSE Operator S.A.). One of the most important principles followed by the PGE Capital Group is sustainable development.