Posco Engineering and Construction (Posco E&C), a unit of South Korean steelmaker Posco, has completed the construction of a $250m waste-to-power plant in Krakow, Poland.

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Following the completion of construction and trial operations carried out over the past seven months, the facility was transferred to the owner, Krakowski Holding Komunalny.

POSCO E&C is the main contractor for the waste to energy plant, which is claimed to be the largest daily waste incinerating facility in the country.

Capable of processing 220,000t of household waste annually, the plant is designed to produce 11MWh of electricity and supply 35MWh of district heating.

Additionally, the ash from the waste incineration will also be used as material for road construction.

Krakow first deputy mayor Tadeusz Tzmiel said: "I have been deeply impressed by POSCO E&C’s technology and its ability to implement such strict management of the site.

"I’m appreciative for the cutting edge facility that will be responsible for protecting our environment."

Featuring 5-pass boilers developed by Doosan Lentjes, the facility is expected to reduce the waste volume for landfill produced in Krakow by up to 90% while generating electricity and heat.

POSCO E&C CEO Han Chan-kun said: "The successful construction of the waste-to-power plant in Krakow is expected to become a solid foundation for POSCO E&C to enter into the environment market in Poland and Eastern Europe."

Posco E&C was selected as the winner following tender, which also saw bids from industrial groups including France’s CNIM Constr Indust de la Mediterranee, Belgium’s Keppel Seghers and Japan’s Hitachi.

Image: The Krakowski waste-to-power plant in Poland. Photo: courtesy of POSCO ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION., LTD.