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Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant (NSCP)

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Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant (NSCP)

Polenergia Elektrociepłownia Nowa Sarzyna Sp. z o.o. (NSCP) is located approx. 1 km north west of the town of Nowa Sarzyna, at 2 ks. J. Popiełuszki Street. NSCP occupies a site with the total area of approx. 6 ha.

816,243 MWh

Gross production of electricity in 2020

approx. 430,000 GJ

production of heat for sale

The company generates electricity and heat. Electricity and heat are co-generated, burning natural gas (or stand-by fuel – light heating oil) in a combined cycle gas turbine unit. Heat generation is possible also without co-generation in a stand-by source – auxiliary boiler house fired with natural gas or light heating oil. The Company has 3 buyers of its products:

  • Polenergia Obrót S.A. – wholesale buyer of electricity,
  • Chemical plants (CIECH Sarzyna S.A., CIECH Żywice Sp. z o.o.) – buyer of heat for production and heating purposes and electricity for the needs of the chemical plants,
  • Zakład Gospodarki Komunalnej Nowa Sarzyna Sp. z o.o. – buyer of heat for heating purposes.

The company employs staff of 44.

NSCP has all the authorizations required to operate in compliance with environmental protection regulations.

In 2020, no fines were imposed on the company. The last inspection was carried out there by the Voivodeship Inspectorate for Environmental Protection at the turn of July/August 2020. No irregularities were identified and no remarks were submitted.

The construction design and the funding in the project-finance formula was prepared and supervised by the Company’s first owner, i.e. the American corporation Enron (Houston, Texas). The construction of NSCP was started in mid-1998 and the combined heat and power plant started commercial operations on 1 June 2000. In 1997, NSCP entered into a long-term electricity sales agreement with Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) and in 1998 entered into a 20-year agreement on supply of heat with the nearby Zakłady Chemiczne Organika-Sarzyna chemical plant. Additionally, since 2000, NSCP has been selling heat to the residents of the town of Nowa Sarzyna. For 20 years gas was supplied by Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo Trading Branch in Warsaw, based on the methane-rich natural gas purchase agreement, and in 2020 was supplied by a gas trading company owned by the PGNiG Group and supplemented by a Polenergia Group company (Polenergia Obrót SA.).

In 2011 NSCP was acquired by Kulczyk Investment. Currently the company is part of the Polenergia S.A. Group with its registered office in Warsaw. Since 2020 NSCP has been selling electricity to a trading company owned by the Polenergia Group. Heat is still sold to neighboring chemical plant and a local municipal utility. The company also provides the self-start-up and recovery services for Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne under a revolving 3-year contract (earlier 4-year contract expired in May 2020).

The service included the self-start-up of gas turbine generator sets and their operation in a spun-off portion of the National Power System to the extent necessary for the proper course of the system restoration process after a complete or partial loss of voltage. The most crucial element of this process is to supply power from NSCP to start up the power block in the selected system power plant.

NSCP is Poland’s first thermal power plant whose generating units are capable of self-start-up and may be used in the process of recovery of the National Power System. Before NSCP, only hydroelectric power plants had this technical capability.

In 2020, NSCP obtained a certificate of a Capacity Market participant and contracted a capacity obligation for 2025.

Since 2014, NSCP has had in place an ISO 14001 Environmental Management System in the field of electricity and heat cogeneration. In May 2020, Lloyd’s Register Polska carried out an environmental audit in connection with recertification of the environmental management system for compliance with the ISO 14001:2015 standard. NSCP received a new ISO 14001:2015 Approval Certificate for the Environmental Management System for co-generation of electricity and heat, valid for 3 years, i.e. from 11 June 2020 to 10 June 2023.

In 2011, by decision of the Voivodeship Commandant of the State Fire Service, NSCP was entered in the list of facilities with a high or elevated risk of a major industrial failure located in Nowa Sarzyna commune. The list also includes the chemical plants of CIECH Sarzyna S.A. and Silikony Polskie Sp. z o.o., and from 2020 2 further companies, i.e. CIECH Żywice and SYNTHOS AGRO Sp. z o.o. Off-Site Production Division in Nowa Sarzyna.

The applied technologies and the quantities of fuels and commodities consumed as well as operational indicators (efficiency, availability and reliability) minimize the adverse impact of NSCP on the natural environment, including the climate, compared to facilities of a similar capacity, e.g. those fired with coal. NSCP does not generate any sludge waste, its greenhouse gas emissions are lower by almost 50%, its NOx emissions are approx. 7 times lower and emits SO2 and dust in trace amounts. The applied technology limits the quantity and aggressiveness of industrial wastewater, while the recycling of rainwater and condensate and the use of condensate from the heating systems translates into a lower consumption of raw water.

In 2020 NSCP obtained the Decision of the Leżajsk County Administrator amending the permit to emit greenhouse gases and approving the new Emission Level Monitoring Plan. In addition, NSCP obtained the Decision of the ERO President amending the concession for generation of electricity, changing the precise installed capacity from 112.8 MW to 112.815 MW.

In 2020, an annual inspection of the generation plant was carried out in compliance with the sanitary requirements.

Prizes and rankings

  • In September 2019, NSCP was awarded a distinction by the “Wprost” weekly: “Wprost” Eagle Diploma of Podkarpackie Voivodeship.
  • In November 2019, NSCP received the “Fair Play Enterprise 2019” Business Quality Certificate. What is more, the President of the Company, Jacek Głowacki, was awarded the title of Business Fair Play Ambassador 2019 find out more.

Best practices

We reduce waste

NSCP introduced measures for minimization of the adverse environmental impact in 2019, consisting in gradual abandoning of the use of plastic packaging.

No plastic in the Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant

Knowledge and sport

Polenergia supports Nowa Sarzyna in environmental protection and sports activity of the young ones.

Activities benefiting local community – NSCP

NSCP – how it's working?

Guided by the best practices and the intention to educate the future staff in the energy sector, Polenergia Nowa Sarzyna Cogeneration Plant has been organizing free student internships and apprenticeships and enabling demonstrations of the operation of a steam and gas unit, in particular for students of technical schools and universities for many years.

Student education and team integration – NSCP

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