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Poland's 1 GW hard coal Ostroleka power unit approved

Warsaw — Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) approvedWednesday a joint venture project between Polish state-owned utilities Energaand Enea to build a 1 GW hard coal-fired unit at Energa's Ostroleka powerplant.

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UOKiK said in a statement the joint venture did not restrict competitionon the market.

Last month, Energa launched a tender for the Zloty 5.5-6 billion($1.3-$1.5 billion) investment. The deadline for bids for the turnkey contractto build the supercritical 1,000 MW Ostroleka C unit with at least 45% netefficiency is February 20.

The investment is a 50-50 joint venture with state utility Enea and both companies hope to complete it in the second half of 2023.

The 647 MWe Ostroleka B, commissioned in 1972, is the only power plant innorth eastern Poland. Energa suspended a plan to build the Ostroleka C unit in2012 because it couldn't raise financing for the project on its own. But theinvestment still has a valid construction permit.

The project has strong political support from the government, which is keen to promote investments to help improve the financial health of thecountry's state-owned coal mines, which are close to bankruptcy due to a longperiod of low coal prices and high production costs.

--Adam Easton,

--Edited by Jeremy Lovell,