Sulphur-scrubbing equipment promises cleaner air

A major power plant in Łódzkie province in central Poland is being fitted with equipment to remove air pollutants, especially sulphur dioxide (SO2).

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The flue gas desulphurisation (FGD) equipment is being integrated into several units at the Branch Elektrownia Bełchatów, a site owned and run by PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna SA. The aim is to bring this large power plant in line with all national and EU legislation on SO2 emissions.

Focus on sulphur dioxide and dust

PGE Górnictwo i Energetyka Konwencjonalna SA (PGE GiEK S.A.) is one of Poland’s largest power producers and distributors, with more than five million customers. To comply with the latest EU legislation on industrial pollution, the company is installing FGD equipment at its PGE GiEK S.A. – Oddział Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant. The site is in the village of Rogowiec, 8 km south-west of Bełchatów and some 30 km from Piotrków Trybunalski.

The project’s main goal is the reduction of emissions of pollutants into the air, mainly SO2 and dust. The FGD plant will call on wet lime-gypsum to remove sulphur from the flue gases coming out of units no. 1 and 2 at the Elektrownia Bełchatów site.

Work phase one includes installation of the new FGD plant, which will operate until 31 December 2015. This will involve site preparation; construction of a heating station, stacks, cabling and associated equipment; and finally testing and commissioning of the plant. In phase two, the company will adapt the plant to ensure it meets even tougher EU industrial emission standards from 2016 onwards.

Cleaner environment

The new FGD plant has a projected service life of 25 years. It will ensure that units 1 and 2 of the Elektrownia Bełchatów power plant meet all national and EU requirements on SO2 emissions – currently set at 400 mg/Nm3 (megagrams per normal cubic metre). The plant is designed to enable further reduction of SO2 emissions when required.

Air quality will be significantly better in and around the site. For example, from 2013 the plant is expected to reduce SO2 emissions by more than 80 % and dust emissions by some 65 %, compared to average emissions between 2005 and 2007. These pollutant reductions will benefit both the local population and environment, and potentially attract new investors into the region.

Total and EU funding

The project “Construction of Flue-Gas Desulphurisation Plant at PGE Elektrownia Bełchatów S.A.” has a total eligible budget of EUR 75 135 700, with the EU’s European Regional Development Fund contributing EUR 5 565 600 for the 2007 to 2013 programming period.


Draft date

04/06/2012