Copper giant KGHM plans wind farms in Poland to serve plants

Copper producer KGHM plans to construct wind farms in southwest Poland to lower costs and reduce its dependence on external supplies.

State-controlled KGHM – whose 2.5TWh of annual power consumption makes it Poland's largest user – currently meets 15% of its energy needs from its own resources.

"We are eyeing entry into renewable energy such as wind farms," KGHM vice president for business development Dorota Wloch says. "We also want to invest in biogas."

The first project – a wind farm with a target capacity of 60MW near the company’s smelters in Glogow – is in its initial stages, Wloch adds.

The copper producer has already co-operated with local utilities over a range of projects, including the construction of Poland's first nuclear plant and an 850MW gas-fired unit.

KGHM also plans to launch two 45MW gas plants at the beginning of 2013, which will help increase the share of its own output to 30% of annual consumption, Wloch adds.