- Tauron’s new unit at the Jaworzno power plant, which was supposed to be one of the pillars of the country’s energy security, is facing problems with coal availability and quality – block contractor says
- Rafaco Group’s internal correspondence shows that the facility is burning poor quality coal, which recently led to a “chain of random shutdowns and failures of equipment”.
- The letter also shows that problems with coal availability relate to power plants across Poland. This was confirmed by previous Business Insider reports
- Torun admits, coal supplies to the power plant are temporarily limited. However, it ensures that the fuel is of proper quality
- The Katowice Concern is one of the largest producers, distributors and sellers of electricity in Poland
- More such information can be found on the home page of Onet.pl
We wrote on Wednesday about the disruption of Polish power plants, caused by fuel savings and concerns about coal supplies in the winter. However, the situation turned out to be more serious because Coal with proper quality standards is already missing. Business Insider Polska has reached out to internal correspondence within the Rafako Group, which has been building the latest unit at the 910MW Jaworzno power plant in Tauron and is still operating there and supporting the concern in its operational activities. The July 15, 2022 letter was made available to stakeholders and decision makers involved in the investment process.
“The situation in the block is very difficult due to the very limited supply of coal on the market and the lack of adequate supplies“- We read in the letter. The Torun Mines are primarily responsible for the supply of raw materials to the Gowerzno Power Plant. Correspondence shows that Tauron “does not fulfill its obligations for various reasons, including those related to the almost complete cessation of production at the Sobieski mine. (shipments at the level of about 5 thousand tons of coal per month), the difficulty of production in other mines, The war in Ukraine and the blockade of Russian coal.
The message shows that too Poor quality coal is burned in the new unit, resulting in a failure Some devices of the unit, the construction of which consumed more than 6 billion PLN.
The problems with the lack of supplies and the quality of coal started in the first week of May 2022 when we were monitoring The quality of coal deteriorates not only in terms of calorific value, but also in terms of compounds containing carbon, which, during and after its combustion, have a negative effect on the combustion process itself and on the equipment of the unit. And the contracting authority, having been informed, also had this knowledge, which was also confirmed by coal analyzes, which are carried out in the laboratory of the contracting authority. The coal, which was fed to the bunkers, contained a number of solid impurities that should never have occurred, which led to a number of random shutdowns and failures of the devices.This limited the possibility of fully utilizing the capabilities of the block to perform the work according to the assumed schedule. The above circumstances have been documented, ”we read in the correspondence of the Raffaco Group.
What is more, In recent days there has been no coal shortage at all. As we wrote on Wednesday, the new unit in Jaworzno has reported an unplanned power loss in recent days. And because the reason – besides the formula used in industry – “breaks due to operating conditions” – added “lack of fuel”. When Torun was asked to comment at the time, he did not refer to this ruling, but merely asserted that “work is currently underway on the so-called transitional period, during which tuning and supposed experiments and tests are carried out.”
While the Rafako group wrote directly in its internal correspondence:The coal recently burned in the block does not comply with the contract standards, is of poor quality. So, it’s not just about a carbon deficiency, but even if it does occur, it doesn’t meet the contractual criteria.”
Torun refutes these allegations. – Unit fuel meets the standards specified in the contract. This year, we delivered nearly 400 thousand. Tons of coal – says Łukasz Zimnoch, spokesperson for Tauron.
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Zimnoch adds that the 910MW unit in Jaworzno is powered coal From the Tauron mines: Sobieski and Janina and from the Ziemowit mine belonging to Polska Grupa Górnicza. – Work done at these mines temporarily limits the coal supply for the new unit. This situation will improve in the near future and after the summer holidays we will return to standard delivery volumes, which will increase our inventory. During the transition period, we will provide additional quantities of fuel from other directions using domestic and imported coal, but meeting the standards stipulated in the contract – reports a Torun spokesperson. He also claims that the contractor, in the letter we received, “selectively discusses coal quality issues”.
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– The proposed “poor fuel quality” is not the reason for blocking the block. Currently, the unit is located in the so-called transition period, during which improvement and tuning work is carried out. Regardless of the measurements, the unit on the Jaworzno is fully available for the National Power Dispatch — Zimnoch adds.
We also requested a comment from Rafaco. – The quality of the coal used to power the unit is monitored by the company on an ongoing basis, and issues related to maintaining the parameters of the fuel-saving unit are the subject of frequent analyzes and discussions – answered Jacek Balser, Ravaco’s spokesman.
But in internal correspondence, representatives of Ravaco noted that the reserve of raw materials in the yard adjacent to the new unit in Gauerzno has clearly decreased. They also warn you about it Coal supply problems are not only related to the unit in Gowerzno, but “are related to the majority of power units in Poland”.
The project to build a unit at the Jaurzno power plant has gone through many storms. The relationship between the investor – Torun and the contractor – Rafaco was very difficult. The investment continued and the unit start-up deadline was pushed back several times. In the end, it was successfully launched in mid-November 2020. However, after half a year the gym broke downThis made it unusable for several months. Both sides of the behind-the-scenes talks blame any shortcomings in this investment. Meanwhile, Rafaco faced financial problems that made the implementation of the entire project questionable several times.
The block in Jaworzno, as one of Poland’s newest and most functional buildings, is considered one of the pillars of the country’s energy security.
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