PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów, Europe's largest lignite-fired power plant, has signed a cooperation agreement with Finland's Fortum Oyj – a leading power engineering company in Scandinavia.
In the implementation of its CCS (carbon capture and storage) investment programme, PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów intends to use the experience of various European companies. Such cooperation complies with the European Union policy, which takes into consideration the international character and knowledge-sharing quality of projects applying for its financial support.
The agreement concluded on 17 April 2009 in Katowice during the European Economic Congress 2009, provides for the exchange of information between PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów and Fortum, which should improve the CCS project implementation process. The companies undertook to exchange their experiences and mutually promote their respective projects related to CCS technologies. Both PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów and Fortum's power plant in Meri-Pori, Finland have applied for the inclusion of their respective projects in the CCS Demonstration Programme co-financed by the European Commission.
Additional information on PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna is the largest power engineering company in Poland and one of the largest such companies in Central and Eastern Europe. Thanks to the combination of its own fuel (lignite) resources, power generation and final distribution networks, PGE guarantees a safe and reliable power supply to 5 million households, businesses and institutions.
With a total installed capacity of 4450 MW, PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów S.A. is the largest conventional power plant in Europe, and the town of Bełchatów is often referred to as the capital of Poland's power generation industry. The Bełchatów Power Plant is a modern and environmentally-friendly facility which meets all requirements and standards of the European Union. It has been the first entity in Poland to receive an IPPC (Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control) permit certifying the plant's compliance with the EU IPPC Directive. Generating power at the lowest costs and most efficiently, the Bełchatów Power Plant is the foundation of Poland's power engineering industry which stabilized the local power market. Since the end of the 1990s, the Bełchatów Power Plant has been generating about 28 TWh of power every year; this gives it a 20% share in Poland's power generation industry and the undisputed leadership in the Polish power market. PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów S. A. is constantly modernizing and improving its power generation technologies.
Additional information on Fortum
Fortum is the leading Scandinavian power engineering company dealing with the generation, transmission and sale of electricity and heat, as well as the operation and technical maintenance of power plants.