As we have established, the ERO wants to invoke Art. 28 of the Energy Law, on the basis of which it may request information and documents regarding its operations from licensed energy companies. In this way, the regulator is to check whether Tauron maintains the new power unit in a proper condition.
We have sent inquiries to the ERO on this matter, we are waiting for an answer.
This is the result of recent publications, including Business Insider and Onet on the problems of the new unit in Jaworzno, the construction of which consumed over PLN 6 billion. The unit has recently suffered another failure, and the unit’s contractor – Rafako – argues that this is the result of burning coal of inadequate quality in the boiler.
– All the problems that have arisen now have nothing to do with with a carbon deficiency and the quality of the coal that is fed to the new unit for combustion. The poor quality of coal was confirmed by the Tauron laboratory. These data are verified on an ongoing basis and leave no doubts – the coal has low melting points and is chlorinated, which is why it was very sluggish. Sinter appeared and the structure of the funnel in the boiler was damaged. We knew there was a fuel problem, so we alerted Tauron about it many times and we tried to have the quality of the coal tested by an independent laboratory of the Central Mining Institute – explained on Thursday in an interview with Business Insider Radosław Domagalski-Łabędzki, CEO of Rafako.
Tauron does not agree with these allegations and assures that there are no problems with coal and there have not been. The energy company announced on Twitter on Thursday evening that Rafako had ceased repair work on the unit and therefore commissioned a replacement contract.
On Friday morning, Rafako denied this information. The contractor argues that workers have entered the power plant and are continuing repair work. As proof, the company posted a photo of the crew on Twitter.
Two weeks ago due to the commotion around the Jaworzno Power Plant several managers in Tauron have been dismissed. First, the president of the subsidiary of the Katowice concern, which directly managed the new unit in Jaworzno, lost his job, and then the two vice-presidents of Tauron, who were responsible for the entire group for coal supplies to the power plant and for the operation of the generating units.