The contractor of the Katarína 74 MW Eco Turbine project is the project company “Zvolenská ekologická spoločnosť, a.s.” (Zvolen Ecological Company, Inc.), whose majority shareholder is A.En. Slovensko, a.s.
The aim of the project is the construction, funding and operation of a new steam condensing turbine with the maximum capacity of 74 MW on the premises of “Zvolenská teplárenská, a.s., Slovensko” (Zvolen Heat Production Company Slovakia, Inc.; henceforth ZT) in the city of Zvolen. The project is based on supplying the generated heat to Zvolen as well as on the production of electricity in the steam condensing turbine. The proposed solution is based on a series of business contracts concluded between the partner companies “Zvolenská ekologická spoločnosť, a.s.” (henceforth ZES) and ZT concerning the the construction of an electricity generating source, namely the condensing turbine “Katarína 74 MW Eco Turbine”, and subsequent supplies of heat for a period of 30 years. The most important benefit of this solution is that it enables the preservation of the original capacity of the source with all the positive social impacts and, at the same time, extends investement risks to more corporate entities and the state.
The entire technological solution is designed in such a way that the operation of the heating plant is capable of satisfying the demands for heat supplies to Zvolen in the volume of ca. 600,000 GJ for a reasonable price, using the newly-installed turbine, of ensuring electricity supply to the network by means of the existing connection of 110 kV, and, at the same time, of providing a transmission system for the power engineering system of the SR. For the purpose of the construction of the turbine, a building permit has been issued and the project is in keeping with the energy policy of the Slovak Republic. The aim of the project is an optimum utilization of the capacity of the Zvolen heating plant while improving its economic efficiency by increasing electricity production. At the same time, the project relies on the burning of biomass in the heat generating sources, which will have a positive socio-economic and ecological impact on the whole Zvolen region.