GDF Suez inaugurates 205 MW biomass plant

By Anna Simet | June 07, 2013

Polish power provider GDF Suez has inaugurated what it says is the largest 100-percent biomass-fuelled power plant in the world.

The 205-MW facility is in Polaneic in south Poland, and was physically complete at the end of last year. It is located at the site of the utility’s existing 1,780-MW coal/biomass cofired thermal plant, GDF Suez Energia Polska.

Construction of the plant, dubbed “The Green Unit,” began in 2010, engineered by Tractebel Engineering. Foster Wheeler supplied a circulating fluidized bed boiler believed to be the largest ever deployed at a biomass power plant, and BRUKS Klöckner supplied the chipping line, including the drum chipper and handling equipment,

Fuel for the plant consists of a mixture of by-products from treefarming—80 percent— and 20 percent agriculture, according to GFD. A company spokeswoman previously told Biomass Magazine that the facility would consume 222,000 tons of agri-fuels and 890,000 tons of woody biomass each year.

The plant will provide the equivalent of the annual electricity consumption of 600,000 households, according to GDF, and will make a substantial contribution to Poland’s energy policy of 15 percent installed renewable energy capacity by 2020.