GE to Use Its Expanded Service Capabilities to Upgrade Polish District Heating Plant

Jul 18, 2016
  • GE’s Power Services to Upgrade Zamech Steam Turbine at Veolia Energia Poznań ZEC SA District Heating Plant in Poznań
  • GE Showcases Expanded, Post-Alstom Acquisition Capabilities to Service Power Generation Equipment
  • Project Highlights Company’s Offerings to Help Coal-Fired Power Plants Maintain Role in European Energy Supply

WARSAW, POLAND-July 18, 2016-Highlighting its growing portfolio of solutions to help support the long-term role of Poland’s coal-fired power plants in Europe’s energy mix, GE’s Power Services business (NYSE: GE) today announced it will modernize one of three Zamech-made turbine-generator sets at Veolia Energia Poznań ZEC SA, a 275-megawatt (MW) district-heating plant. GE gained global capabilities to service Zamech technology through its acquisition of Alstom Power’s thermal services business in November 2015.

“We are pleased to select GE to help us increase the efficiency and output of our steam turbines,” said Jan Pic, member of the board and operational director of Veolia Energia Poznań ZEC. “This project will help the station operate more efficiently, as we want to strengthen our position in a very competitive environment.”

The Veolia Energia Poznań station features one, 65-MW Zamech unit and two, 105-MW Zamech units.  GE plans to increase Unit 3’s output by up to 6 MW (the extra power will be sent to the local grid) and also improve turbine efficiency by up to 6 percent. Additionally, to improve the turbine’s operational flexibility, during periods when there is no demand for electrical power, the operator will be able to disconnect the low-pressure (LP) part of the steam turbine while it is in full district-heating mode. This will allow the operator to use thermal power for the preheating of district-heating water only.

“When GE acquired Alstom Power’s technology portfolio in 2015, it also absorbed the Zamech fleet, including the ones installed at the Veolia Energia Poznań station, and the ability to service and maintain it,” said Pascal Schweitzer, general manager of GE’s Power Services business in Europe. ”Our coal business is well-positioned to respond to future energy needs. We have one of the highest-efficiency, lowest-emissions technologies-coupled with our digital solutions-and we are excited to help position Veolia to remain competitive and ‘win’ with its existing fleet.”

Veolia in Poland, which is one of the leading providers of services in the areas of energy, water and wastewater as well as waste management, present in 74 towns and cities including Warsaw, Łódź and Poznań. The company is the largest private operator of district heating networks across the country. It also is Poland’s third largest cogeneration plant operator.  


For the past 15 years, GE has maintained and serviced Veolia’s steam turbines to provide cost-effective performance improvements. During this time, GE has performed numerous major inspections and modernizations of the facility’s generating equipment.

The steam turbine modernization outage at the Veolia Energia Poznań station is expected to start
in May 2017, and the commissioning of the upgraded equipment is scheduled for August 2017.

About Veolia Group

Veolia group is the global leader in optimized resource management. With over 174 000 employees worldwide, the Group designs and provides water, waste and energy management solutions that contribute to the sustainable development of communities and industries. Through its three complementary business activities, Veolia helps to develop access to resources, preserve available resources, and to replenish them. In 2015, the Veolia group supplied 100 million people with drinking water and 63 million people with wastewater service, produced 63 million megawatt hours of energy and converted 42.9 million metric tons of waste into new materials and energy. Veolia Environnement (listed on Paris Euronext: VIE) recorded consolidated revenue of €25 billion in 2015. www.veolia.com

About Veolia Group in Poland

Veolia group in Poland is one of the leading providers of services in the area of energy, water and wastewater as well as waste management. Veolia is a time-tested and proven partner to cities and industries, offering services tailored to the needs of its customers. The company creates and implements cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions. With 4500 employees, it operates in over 74 cities, including Warsaw, Lodz, Poznan and Tarnowskie Gory.www.veolia.pl

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world leader in power generation with deep domain expertise to help customers deliver electricity from a wide spectrum of fuel sources. We are transforming the electricity industry with the digital power plant, the world’s largest and most efficient gas turbine, full balance of plant, upgrade and service solutions as well as our data-leveraging software. Our innovative technologies and digital offerings help make power more affordable, reliable, accessible and sustainable.

For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com. Follow GE Power on Twitter @GE_Power and on LinkedIn at GE Power.

About GE’s Power Services Business

GE’s Power Services business, headquartered in Baden, Switzerland, delivers world-class solutions for our customers across total plant assets and their operational lifetimes. This organization supports 2,800+ customers worldwide with an installed base of 28,000+ power generation assets, which includes other OEMs, and taps into the Industrial Internet to improve the performance of our solutions over the entire life cycle through the power of software and big data analytics.

For more information, please visit powergen.gepower.com.

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