UCED will increase its Prostějov power plant to almost twice the capacity
Energy company UCED from the CREDITAS Group by signing a contract with a global leader in gas power technology – General Electric Global Services (GE) – it will expand UCED Elektrárna Prostějov to almost twice the capacity – 108 MW – with the addition of a combined cycle power plant. Investment has reached 1 billion CZK.
This is the first major investment for GE in Czechia in ten years. It will deliver a second gas turbine – an LM6000 aeroderivative with fast activation and 50 MW of power – to Prostějov in early 2024. It should go online in summer 2024. “We are excited to be cooperating with GE. Expansion of the Prostějov power plant falls into the group’s strategy. We want to be a leader in new power industry. The construction of new sources and their connection into aggregation blocks is the future. By 2030 we intend to build an aggregation block of 1000 MW in Czechia. We presume that the total costs for its construction will be over 20 billion crowns,” pointed out the Investment Director of the UECD Group, Richard Holešinský.
“We continue in the provision of technologies that are essential for Europe. The aforementioned LM6000 turbine will be able to go from zero to full power of 50 MW in approximately 5 minutes. So it will help cover peak times –brief electricity shortages in the Czech grid,” adds Joe Anis, President and Executive Director of GE Gas Power division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
One turbine with normal 58 MW capacity is currently in operation in Prostějov. It uses natural gas to generate electricity and is primarily intended to serve in a support capacity for the operators of the Czech energy distribution systems – ČEPS. In Czechia UCED is one of the major providers of energy distribution services that helps ČEPS maintain distribution across the Czech electricity grid.