EU funds driving investments in the area of Distribution
When implementing the investment projects planned, Enea Operator actively takes advantage of the EU funds. In 2017, Enea Operator signed 17 co-funding agreements for infrastructural projects. The total value of the projects is PLN 273.2m net, including the subsidy granted of approx. PLN 180m. The funds obtained will be used for the development of the distribution network in the scope of increasing the security of electricity supply, increasing the potential of connecting renewable energy sources to the grid and implementing the functionality of the smart power grid. Moreover, in 2017 Enea Operator concluded 2 co-funding agreements for research and development projects, the total value of which amounts to PLN 7.9m, including the subsidies of PLN 3.9m.
Obtaining a licence for coal extraction from “Ostrów” deposit
In July 2017, LW Bogdanka filed a request with the Minister of Environment for a licence for bituminous coal extraction from “Ostrów” deposit in “Ludwin” mining area whose extractable resources are estimated at the level of approx. 186 million tonnes of coal. On 20 November, the Management Board of LW Bogdanka was informed that such licence was granted to the Company.
The “Ostrów” deposit operation may be commenced on the basis of the current infrastructure, without capital-consuming construction of new shafts. In the period after 2025, it is planned to provide access to a vertical deposit and to construct the necessary technical facilities and infrastructure in “Ludwin” area. The total initial estimated real value of outlays related to the construction of such infrastructure is PLN 1.2-1.3bn.
Obtaining a licence is the key item of the plan to double the Company’s extractable resources as stipulated in “Strategy of LW Bogdanka, Enea Group’s Mining Area until 2025”. Expanding the resource base means the ability of long-term planning, securing the development of mines, and ensuring a stable raw material resources for Bogdanka.
Enea to share profits with Shareholders
On 10 August, Enea paid its Shareholders a dividend from profit for 2016 in the amount of PLN 110 360 644.50, which translates into PLN 0.25 of profit per share.
Changes to the Management Board of Enea SA
On 24 August 2017, the Supervisory Board of Enea passed resolutions on recalling from Enea SA Management Board Wiesław Piosik, i.e., Corporate Vice-President, and Mikołaj Franzkowiak, i.e., Financial Vice-President of the Management Board. At the same time, the Supervisory Board appointed, with effect from the same date, the Supervisory Board Member, Rafał Szymański, to temporarily perform the operations of the Corporate Vice-President of Enea SA for a period no longer than three months, until the appointment of the new Corporate Management Board Member.
On 22 September, the Company’s Supervisory Board passed a resolution on appointing Piotr Olejniczak the Financial Management Board Member with effect from 1 October 2017. On 29 September 2017, Rafał Szymański who was appointed the Company’s Supervisory Board to temporarily perform the operations of the Corporate Management Board Member at Enea S.A. submitted to the Company his resignation from the appointment to perform the abovementioned operations, with effect from 1 October 2017. On 5 October, the Supervisory Board passed a resolution on appointing Zbigniew Piętka the Corporate Management Board Member with effect from 10 October 2017.
New 1 075 MW power unit
On 1 September, Enea Wytwarzanie conducted the first synchronisation of the 1 075 MW power unit with the National Power System. The synchronisation was completed in line with the schedule. On 19 December, Enea Group opened a new chapter in the history of the Polish power industry, commissioning for operation the Poland’s top power unit in terms of cutting-edge technology – the supercritical power unit of 1 075 MW gross power capacity at Kozienice Power Plant.
The so-called B11 [Unit 11], as referred to by its abbreviation, is the largest investment project of Enea Group.
With the employment of high-end technology solutions in the field of supercritical operation, the power unit reaches the efficiency of 45.6%, which enables to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by approx. 25% when compared to the emissions of the existing bituminous coal fired plants. Thanks to the leading-edge technological solutions applied, the new power unit is able to achieve best environmental parameters and optimise energy production costs.
With the power capacity of 1 075 MW, high generation efficiency, and high availability at the level of over 92%, B11 causes a surge in the energy production capacity of Enea Group and the national energy production sector, thus increasing the power safety of Poland. Being one of the largest and most efficient plants of this type worldwide, B11 meets the requirements resulting from BAT Directive guidelines which are to come into effect only in 2021.
Aid for municipalities affected by violent storms
In Q4 2017, Enea Foundation donated nearly one million PLN to the municipalities affected by violent storms. The funds were allocated on the purposes specified by the local governments, including repair and reconstruction of infrastructure and public utility buildings and on supporting local Volunteer Fire Brigades.
Winning the tender for electrical vehicle chargers
In October, Enea Serwis won the tender announced by the Road and City Transport Office in Szczecin for the delivery and commissioning of first city electric vehicle chargers in the city of Szczecin. Fast charging stations will be installed in Szczecin in Q1 2018.
Greater power safety for Poznań urban area
On 25 October, Enea Operator signed an agreement for the implementation of new grid investments in Poznań urban area of the value of more than PLN 44.5m. This amount will be spent on the construction of two new 110 kV high voltage power lines and the switching station, including power take off, in the Poznań district of Garaszewo. The project was granted the co-funding from the European Union in the amount of PLN 22.5m.
Three bids in the tender for Ostrołęka C Power Plant construction
On 28 December, Elektrownia Ostrołęka SA whose shares are held by Enea and Energa opened the envelopes with the bids submitted by three potential contractors in the tender for the public contract award for the construction of the power unit in Ostrołęka C Power Plant. The bids were submitted by China Power Engineering Consulting Group Co., Ltd. (gross lump sum price PLN 4.85bn), the consortium of GE Power Sp. z o.o. and ALSTOM Power Systems S.A.S. (gross lump sum price: PLN 6.02bn) and the consortium of Polimex-Mostostal SA and RAFAKO SA (gross lump sum price: PLN 9.59bn). A highly-efficient supercritical power unit of the power capacity of approx. 1000 MWe will be fired with bituminous coal with the use of high-end environment-friendly technological solutions. This is an investment of key significance to the Polish power safety.