- At the time of the crash, the power plant was responsible for about 17 percent. Energy demand
- The contingency plan worked. Poland bought energy from its neighbors, most of them from Germany and Sweden. – In February, the Swedes helped us through the frosts – our interlocutor adds
- Sawicki says investment decisions must be made now. Some coal blocks will be retired due to their age, and the alternative remains uncertain
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The Bełchatów Power Plant is the largest electricity supplier in Poland. With lignite, it yields up to 20 percent. Local energy. It reaches 11.5 million households.
As a result of the failure of Rogwick substation There was an emergency shutdown of 10 of the 11 units at Bełchatów Power Station. “A team of industry professionals is working at the power plant on site to restart the generating units as quickly as possible” – confirmed in the announcement posted on the PGE website. It is not known how long it would take for the engineering staff to regain full capacity.
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Almost 4 gigawatts of energy “fell” from the national electricity system. At the time of failure, they were responsible for about 17 percent. Energy Demand – Bartłomiej Sawicki comments from BiznesAlert.pl industry portal in an interview with Onet. Even workers in Germany felt like a failure. – Such a major and sudden drop in power is like breaking a rock with unforeseen effects – he adds.
The loss was not compensated by photovoltaic and wind power due to unsuitable rainy weather. As a result, the prices on the so-called budget market increased several times to the level of 1500 PLN / MWh.
How was the situation under control? Sawicki explains that Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne learned the lesson from power access problems in 2015 and had already prepared contingency plans, thanks to which it was possible to launch the so-called operator assistance, that is, import 1 gigawatt power. Earlier, regardless of the failure, 2 gigawatts were contracted. Poland bought energy from its neighbors, most of them from Germany and Sweden. – We’re in February The Swedes helped us through the frost – Confirms our interlocutor. The system has also been “preserved” by old coal blocks that are activated in crisis situations.
– However, the problem may arise after 2025. Then some coal blocks will be retired due to their age. Then we won’t have a nuclear power plant yet, and RES might fail in situations like this today. Gas blocks are an alternative, but investment decisions must be made now, Sawicki asserts.
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