376 MW capacity of Siersza and Stalowa Wola power plants belonging to TAURON Wytwarzanie was selected in tender for cold reserve organized by PSE (Polish Transmission System Operator). The agreement was signed on 26 March.
The Transmission System Operator announced tender for purchase of cold reserve due to forecasted capacity balances showing possible electricity shortage of capacity surplus required by the Operator starting in 2016. Offering cold reserve service means that transmission system operator controls and uses contractor’s generation units to stabilize power balance in order to guarantee security of operation of Polish Power System after 2015.
Units No. 3 and 6 at Siersza power plant and unit No. 8 at Stalowa Wola power plant which are covered by the agreement will be ready to work upon operator’s request during forecasted power shortage periods for which the company will be paid.
- We took advantage of the derogation and offered the units at Siersza and Stalowa Wola (which in line with, among others, IED Directive would otherwise have to be decommissioned) in the tender announced by the Transmission System Operator. Its positive outcome concluded by signing of the agreement allows us to extend the life of those units until the end of 2017 or even 2019 – said Dariusz Lubera, President of the Management Board at TAURON Polska Energia. – At the same time TAURON’s investment plan is focused on capacity restoration. Our strategy assumes commissioning of 3,200 MWe of new generation capacities in various technologies until 2020.
The offer was selected in unlimited tender procedure. The Transmission System Operator divided the tender into three parts depending on the unit’s capacity. TAURON Wytwarzanie submitted offer for selected 120 MW units in all three parts of the tender. At the end of February the best offer in the third part of the tender was selected (centrally dispatched units with total achievable capacity between 200-380 MW).