"The construction of a new unit of class 1000 MW power plant Ostrołęka C is economically unprofitable and unjustifiable from the point of view of the power system. [...] The development of the region is significant, but we are still duty – bound to think logically about such a serious investment. There is no place for a single unit of class 1000 MW there."

This crushing criticism of the Ostrołęka C coal plant construction project was expressed in an interview with the Polish Press Agency (PAP) by energy expert Dr. Eng. Wojciech Myślecki, the chairman of the modern technology at the NBCR and former member of the Supervisory Board of ENERGA Wytwarzanie, the owner of the Ostrołęka C power plant project. According to cire.pl, Myślecki drew people’s attention to a number of issues related to this project:

  • Already at the end of 2014 and 2015, the Supervisory Board decided to opt out of the ENERGA group’s unit of 1000 MW Ostrołęka C and to start preparations for demolition of the old power plant Ostrołęka A.
  • The demolished Ostrołęka A was to be replaced by two units of regulatory power of 230-300 MW, which has been approved by Polskie Sieci Energetyczne (Polish Energy Grids).
  • Construction of the Ostrołęka C returned as the theme of the election campaign of the ruling party in 2015.
  • Unit C in Ostrołęka will not be granted additional CO2 allowances.
  • From the point of view of transport economics, the large distance from the coal mine in the Upper Silesian or Bogdanka puts the Ostrołęka C in an unfavorable position.

The expert emphasizes that the funding of the construction of Ostrołęka C is detrimental to financial institutions:

"Banks and funds that will get involved in this project must take into account that they are going to undermine the position of their assets involved in the other units of this class.”

It's not the first time when Dr. Myślecki criticizes the plan to build Ostroleka C as we have already written about in our portal. It is also noteworthy that the Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchórzewski announced that 1000 MW unit Ostrołęka C would be the last new coal-fired plant in Poland. Construction cost of the Ostrołęka C power plant has been estimated at 5.5 billion, meanwhile the results of tender on construction of this power plants indicate that it may be nearly two times more expensive than it had been expected.

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