“Siekierki” Heat and Power Plant

Autor: Zdzisław Smoliński    

“Siekierki” Heat and Power Plant

The “Siekierki” Heat and Power Plant produces electrical and heat energy. It is the biggest and most modern heat and power plant in Poland, and the second largest in Europe. The plant started operations in 1961. Its principal fuel is hard coal. It has heat capacity of 2,081 MW and power generation capacity of 622 MW. That means that it can heat 60% of buildings in Warsaw and light about 10,400,000 – 60 W globes. The collector part consists of four steam boilers and five turbines. Additionally, there are six water boilers (two are fueled with mazut oil), which are used only in winter. The boilers have electro filters. One boiler has a bag filter and an installation to de-sulphur exhaust fumes. Recovered ash from the electro filters were used as a concrete additive in the building of Siekierkowska Trasa. Ash that remains during the technological process is stored in combustible waste landfill near Sawadowska Kępa. The highest waste dump is 113 MASL.

The project ‘Protecting the habitats of priority bird species of the Vistula Valley under conditions of intensive pressure of the Warsaw agglomeration’ (wislawarszawska.pl) has received a grant from the Financial Instrument for the Environment (LIFE+) and from the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management.