GDF Suez commences commercial operations at 200MW biomass plant in Poland
French multinational electric utility GDF Suez has commenced commercial operations at the 200MW biomass power plant in Polaniec, Poland.
The plant employs a circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boiler, supplied by international engineering, construction and project management contractor Foster Wheeler.
The company, in addition to providing the boiler, also handled design and supply of all steam generation and auxiliary equipment, civil work, erection and commissioning.
Commenting on the versatile boiler deployed at the plant Foster Wheeler Energia Polska president and CEO Jaroslaw Mlonka remarked that it was tuned to achieve 36% net plant efficiency.
"This Advanced Bio CFB -- or ABC -- is the largest and most advanced biomass CFB steam generator Foster Wheeler has ever supplied.
"Our goal for this project was to provide GDF Suez with a reliable, biomass-flexible boiler that would allow the client to build a high-efficiency green power plant - and we have achieved that objective," added Mlonka.
The economics and sustainability of a biomass power plant are enhanced with the use of agro feedstock that can be produced faster and on a larger scale compared to wood-based feedstock.