Tauron declares tender for Katowice power unit null and void

The company Tauron Cieplo has decided to cancel a tender to build a combined-cycle power unit at the Zaklad Wytwarzania Katowice power plant (formerly known as the Katowice cogeneration plant). The reason given was that the bids offered by contractors exceeded the anticipated budget for the investment.

The investor estimated expenditure in the region of PLN 659.3m (€156.8m) gross, whereas the lowest bid in the tender was PLN 790.3m (€187.9m) gross. Because the bids were much higher than the investor’s projected expenditure for the undertaking, the company decided to declare the tender null and void. At the same time, Tauron intends to prepare to abandon the undertaking altogether.

The bids in the tender were opened in June 2013 and the following expressed an interest in taking part: a consortium of the companies Abener Energia and Abener Ghenova Ingenieria (bid: PLN 790.3m or €187.9m, net power output 130.5 MW; net efficiency 52.3%), a consortium comprising Bilfinger MCE Berlin, Babcock Borsig Steinmuller and Bilfinger Piping Technologies (PLN 808.7m or €192.3m; 131 MW; 52.7%) and a consortium featuring Energoinstal, Mostostal Zabrze and Elektrobudowa (PLN 843.1m or €200.5m, 123.6 MW; 51.5%).