GE Steam Power, Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) and a consortium of partners have announced the synchronisation of Opole Unit 6 to the grid in Poland.

Opole 6 Unit is equipped with GE’s ultra-supercritical (USC) coal technology to enable it to use hard coal sourced locally. It will deliver up to 900MW of power to the Polish Grid.

Both Opole Unit 5 and 6 will have the capacity to generate 1.8GW of energy that will be enough to power two million homes or 8% of Poland’s electricity.

PGE CEO Henryk Baranowski said: “Opole Units 5 and 6 will play an important role in Poland’s energy infrastructure as it is the biggest project in the Polish energy sector since 1989. Today, the plant is successfully delivering reliable power to the Polish grid.

“PGE’s investments in modern coal-based energy are enhancing the country’s energy security and facilitating a gradual replacement of old capacities in the system with units that are nearly one-third more efficient. The two new units in Opole will bring the country’s CO2 emissions down by 2.5 million tonnes.”

According to Poland’s Ministry of Energy, Opole will play a critical role in Poland where electricity demand is expected to grow by 40% by 2040. Operated by the state-owned PGE Group, Opole will be Poland’s third-largest power plant once it enters full operational service.

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GE’s air quality control systems were selected for Opole 5 and 6 to help meet the latest European Union (EU) standards in terms of local emissions.

“Opole Units 5 and 6 are the biggest project in the Polish energy sector since 1989.”

GE Steam Power chief commercial officer Michael Keroullé said: “We are proud to be part of Opole project which will stabilise the Polish grid using best in class technology to support the sustainable energy transition and further development of the renewable energy sources.

“Each milestone that we reach is a credit to the full consortium. This has been a team effort.”

The provisional acceptance for the Opole Unit 5 is expected by the end of this month.