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Belchatow Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Fact Sheet: Carbon Dioxide Capture and Storage Project

Company/Alliance: PGE Elektrownia and Alstom

Location: Lodz, Poland

Feedstock: Coal, lignite and hard coal

Process: Pulverized coal boiler combusting high-sulphur, lignite coal

Size: 280 MW. 0.1 to 1.8 Mt/yr CO2

Capture Technology: Post-combustion (Alstom's advanced amines capture technology)

CO2 Fate: CO2 piped 140km to onshore deep saline aquifers

Start date: 2017 Cancelled in April 2013 due to lack of funding


Awarded €180 million from EU government in December 2009 as part of European Commission's European Energy Program for Recovery (EEPR).

Belchatow applied to receive NER300 funding in May 2011. In July 2012, the EU commission for the NER300 funding said that Poland's Belchatow CCS project was currently in second place to receive a portion of the €1.5 billion EU carbon capture funding. Unfortunately the project did not meet criteria and was unsuccessful in receiving any NER300 money in this round of project funding.


PGE announced in April 12, 2013 that it had cancelled the Belchatow because the company was unable to secure the necessary financing for the project.

In May 2012 PGE announced that it was in no position to start the Belchatow CCS project and that it needed state support.

Elektrownia's 4,440 MW Belchatow power station is Europe's largest CO2 polluter producing over 30 Mt/yr. The smaller scale 250 MW demo retrofit of unit 12 will capture approximately 0.1 Mt/yr. It will be followed by the second phase of a new 858 MW CCS included power station in 2015. The 858 MW station is already under construction and is expected to capture 1.8 Mt/yr.

Project Link: Belchatow project webpage

Other Sources and Press Release:
Yorkshire leads race for €1.5bn EU carbon capture funding (July 2012)
PGE Says Belchatow Carbon Capture Project Needs State Support (May 2012)
Alstom to retrofit generators in Belchatow (March 2011)
Awarded €180 million from EU government (December 2009)