The production capital will be shored up by putting into operation in 2020 of the 910 MW unit in Jaworzno and the 450 MW CCGT unit in Stalowa Wola.
Due to the tightening of environmental requirements (BAT conclusions), some generating units are currently undergoing refurbishment. Nevertheless, due to the significant wear of the TAURON Group’s production fleet, the coming years will be a period of the transformation of the generation segment by way of decommissioning the inefficient units and developing new, low and zero emission facilities. The update of the Strategic Directions assumes that by 2025 their share in the Group will be close to 30%, and in 2030 more than 65%. Such measures will allow for reducing emissions of all pollutants by 2030, including cutting the CO2 emissions by more than half.
The largest contribution to the TAURON Group’s financial result is made by the Distribution Line of Business, in which the largest capital expenditures are incurred. Only in this line of business TAURON invests approx. PLN 2 billion per annum. The changing environment, in particular the development of renewable energy sources, also of the prosumer type, has a large impact on the need to upgrade and expand, as well as adapt the existing grid infrastructure. In addition, the growing expectations of customers and the approach of the Energy Regulatory Office have an impact on the need to improve the quality and reliability of electricity supply. In view of the above, TAURON Dystrybucja in implementing a cable grid construction program, increasing the share of cable lines in the distribution grid and thus improving quality indicators, security of electricity supply and resistance against weather conditions, including the ever more frequently occurring sudden weather conditions associated with climate change. Among the four integrated energy groups in Poland (the others are ENERGA, ENEA and PGE), the TAURON Group boasts the largest share of cable lines in the structure of network grids and very good quality indicators.
Market challenges imply the need to make changes to the mining assets, which in the short and medium term will be the fuel base for the TAURON Group’s changing production mix. The investment projects currently underway, involving the construction of the Grzegorz shaft at ZG Sobieski, the construction of the 800 m level at ZG Janina and the implementation of the capex program at ZG Brzeszcze will allow for a more efficient fuel supply for the conventional generating units remaining in operation.