GDF Suez plans huge biomass plant in Poland

By Anna Austin
Posted April 8, 2010, at 11:21 a.m. CST

Global power utility GDF Suez has signed a contract with engineering firm Foster Wheeler for the design and construction of a circulating fluidized-bed boiler for a proposed 190-megawatt 100 percent biomass-fueled power station near Polaniec, Poland.

Foster Wheeler will design and supply the steam generator, auxiliary equipment and biomass yard, and will also construct and commission the boiler island.

GDF Suez and Foster Wheeler believe the power station will host the world's largest biomass boiler fueled by wood chips and biomass crops when complete. The facility will be located at the site of GDF Suez's 1,800-MW coal/biomass cofired-power station, Polaniec Power Station, which will run as previous.

GDF Suez spokeswoman Sabine Wacquez said the facility will require 222,000 tons of agri-fuels and 890,000 tons of woody biomass each year.
The total project investment is €240 million ($3.2 million), according to Wacquez.

The power station is expected to be operational by the end of December 2010.
GDF Suez has more than 50 sites in the U.S., Europe and Brazil that annually consume more than 2 million tons of biomass for power generation.