Alstom has won contracts worth around €140 million to retrofit 6 units at Belchatow, Poland, Europe’s largest and the world’s second largest fossil fuel power plant. The project will add 120 MW and avoid the emission of around 600 000 tonnes of CO2 per year

Alstom will retrofit six units (7 to 12) of the 4460 MW plant. The two contracts have been signed with PGE Gornictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna S.A., which owns and operates Belchatow and several other power plants in Poland.

The first contract with PGE covers the retrofitting of the turbine island equipment on six of Belchatow’s units. Under the terms of the contract, Alstom will engineer, supply and install the high pressure and intermediate pressure turbines, its associated auxiliaries, the turbine controller, bypass systems, heater refurbishment, instrumentation and control (I&C) and integration engineering coupled with installation supervision.

When completed, the retrofit will increase each of the six units’ power output by 20 MW. The project will boost cycle efficiency by 2.4%, which will ensure the units’ compliance with EU emissions directive 2001/80/WE. Alstom’s retrofit should also improve the six units’ availability and reliability as well as support the extension of the plant’s lifetime by 25 years.

Under the terms of the second contract, Alstom will retrofit the units’ existing electrostatic precipitators (ESP) and expects to achieve emission levels as low as 50mg/Nm3.

PGE began modernising Belchatow in 1997, and awarded Alstom a contract to retrofit the plant’s low pressure steam turbines. Most recently, Alstom won a €160 million contract (April 2009) to perform an integrated retrofit of the plant’s unit 6.