The Polnoc power plant in Poland. A plan for the biggest greenfield coal project in Europe.
Briefing | 10 August 2011
At a whopping 2000 MW, the planned Polnoc power plant (Elektrownia Polnoc) in northern Poland would be the largest greenfield coal-fired power plant in Europe. Located in the Pomerania region, which until now has had no coal industry and in recent years has witnessed an unprecedented surge in the wind energy projects, the plant would sit perilously close to three Natura 2000 sites and cool itself with waters from the nearby Vistula river.
The investors have sought two international financial institutions (IFI) for financing, both the European Investment Bank (EIB) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD).