ORLEN Południe invests in green energy sources

​Following completion of a project worth close to PLN 80m, the Trzebinia CHP plant owned by ORLEN Południe will produce electricity and heat using natural gas as a ‘green’ fuel that will partly replace coal. The project will help reduce flue gas emissions, with a positive impact on the natural environment.

The investment in a new heat generating source will enable high-efficiency cogeneration not only from coal, but also from environmentally-friendly natural gas. As a result, the emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide and particulate matter will be reduced by as much as 30%, another 45% and almost 90%, respectively.

“We consistently invest in modern technologies and put in place eco-friendly solutions to mitigate our environmental impact. The project to upgrade the Trzebinia CHP plant is in line with the ORLEN Group’s strategy to develop low-emission energy generation,” said Jarosław Wróbel, President of the ORLEN Południe Management Board.

The project involved the construction of a gas boiler house, a water treatment plant, a gas pre-treatment system, as well as high- and low-pressure gas pipelines. The project’s general contractor was an ORLEN Projekt Group company. Following the upgrade of the CHP plant, whose total capacity is now 61 MW, ORLEN Południe has a multi-fuel energy generation source, which will help it optimise production costs associated with fuel price fluctuations.

Energy generated by the CHP plant will be supplied to all on-site production units and – via the internal central heating network – to companies operating on the plant’s premises, to Trzebinia’s only heat distributor and to households.

Construction of the new heat source is ORLEN Południe’s another project designed to benefit the environment. In May, a contract was signed for the construction in Trzebinia of Poland’s first and Europe’s second unit for the production of eco-friendly propylene glycol, as a step towards transforming that plant into a modern bio-refinery. In addition, analyses are under way at the refinery in Jedlicze concerning construction of a 2G bioethanol unit.