Polish energy group to power new airport

Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) signed an understanding on building a gas power station which would serve the Solidarity Transport Hub project in central Poland.

The plan is to build a 60-100 MW heat and power station which would mainly rely on natural gas, but would also produce solar power, according to the PGE Chairman Wojciech Dąbrowski.

The plant would simultaneously produce electricity, useful heating and cooling.

The Chairman currently estimates the building costs at PLN 300 mln (EUR 65 mln).

Earlier in the week PGE announced that its output would be environmentally neutral by 2050. The company is Poland’s largest energy generating firm producing 49 GW of energy per year. Its Belchatów plant is the largest coal powered energy plant in Europe.

The company’s shares on the Warsaw Stock Exchange surged by 15 percent during today’s trading session after the announcement.

The Central Transport Hub project is planned for a green field site near Baranów, some 40 km from Warsaw, connected to the capital and major population centres by a new fast train network.

The airport, which according to projections announced in 2018 is to cover 3,700 hectares and cater for an estimated 45 mln passengers per annum is still at the early planning phase, but the Infrastructure Minister Marcin Horala said during the European Economic Congress in Katowice last month that a completion date of 2027 is likely.