INNIO Group has announced that five Jenbacher J920 FleXtra engines will power a 50 MWe combined heat and power project in Bydgoszcz, Poland, for PGE Energia Ciepła S.A. (PGE).

The five JCHP units – generating a total of 52.6 MWe – will each consist of a steam generator, a turbocharger, and an auxiliary module. Additionally, under a 10-year service agreement with PGE, Jenbacher will provide maintenance and assembly work, as well as start-up and operator training.

The ‘Ready for H2’ CHP plant will be fuelled by gas, replacing coal-fuelled power plants currently in use. Jenbacher will work with engineering and construction firm Polimex Mostostal S.A. and its subsidiary Polimex Energetyka Sp. z o.o. to implement the design, construction, installation and all other aspects of the building process to construct the turnkey cogeneration power plant, electrode water boiler and standby/peak boiler.

“INNIO Group’s technology is helping to achieve the transition to net zero by replacing coal power plants, resulting in eliminating over 70% of CO2 per power plant,” said Dr Olaf Berlien, president and CEO of INNIO Group. “Our ‘Ready for H2’ engines help ensure that PGE assets will be able to deliver carbon-free power and heat well into the future when hydrogen is more readily available.”

The use of gas for decentralised power and heat generation is an important aspect of PGE’s strategy to decarbonise its district heating operations, and helps support the Polish government’s plans to phase out coal firing.

The Bydgoszcz CHP facility will be the largest gas-fuelled power plant in Poland using gas–fired engines to replace a coal-fired power plant.