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Dalkia, EdF announce CO2-saving investments


Dalkia, the integrated European energy and utilities provider, will in March or April inaugurate a €70m investment project at its combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Lodz and Poznan, with the aim of increasing the share of renewable sources and cutting carbon dioxide emissions. The project will involve the conversion of two coal-fired boilers (with combined capacity of 67 MW) to 100% biomass. The converted boilers will utilise approximately 600,000 tons of biomass annually, helping to reduce annual CO2 emissions by 460,000 tons.

Dalkia also revealed plans to build four gas-fired cogeneration facilities in Poland, in Wrzesnia, Jarocin (Wielkopolskie voivodship) and Tarnowskie Gory (Slaskie voivodship). They will have capacity of 2-6 MW, and the cost of the investments will vary from PLN 2.5m (€0.6m) to PLN 16m (€4.1m). The new plants will bring carbon dioxide emissions down by over 63,000 tons annually.

Meanwhile, EdF, the French energy group that owns a stake in Dalkia, is planning to invest over PLN 6bn (€1.5bn) to build a new block at the Rybnik power plant in the Slaskie voivodship, also to reduce CO2 emissions, has learnt.

At the same time, both companies signalled that the size of their future investments will depend on the regulatory environment.

See also the news item 'Vattenfall reduces presence in Poland, may exit altogether'.

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