Alstom has signed a EU28 million ($36.4 million) contract with PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A. to retrofit unit 2 at Elektrownia Bełchatów, Europe’s largest lignite coal-fired power plant.
The retrofit will increase the plant output by 20 MW and reduce annual carbon dioxide emissions by 100,000 tons. The contract covers modernizing the high pressure and intermediate pressure parts as well as related auxiliary systems of the steam turbine and generator in the unit. Alstom will be responsible for the engineering, delivery and supervision over construction.
According to Alstom, the retrofit will improve the unit’s operating availability and reliability and extend its lifecycle by another 25 years.
Alstom is currently implementing contracts to modernize the steam turbines, generators and electrostatic precipitators at units 7 through 12 at the Belchatów plant and has previously retrofitted units 3 through 6.
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