The company’s main competitors in local heat markets are district heating network operators and independent heat sources or small boiler stations serving a limited number of customers. A large portion of demand for heat in Poland is still covered by small-sized off-grid sources. Even in large urban areas with extensive heating infrastructure, many consumers are supplied by stand-alone sources or small local boiler stations. The largest customer for heat produced by PGNiG TERMIKA, with a 93.9% share in the volume of heat produced, is Veolia Energia Warszawa S.A. Electricity is mostly sold to PGNiG (98.4%). The length of PGNiG TERMIKA’s Pruszków and Warsaw heat networks is 74 km and 6.1 km, respectively. In 2016, PGNiG TERMIKA completed a series of projects that are key to delivering its strategic goals. One of them is to ensure that district heating remains the most affordable building heating option in the Warsaw area. Moreover, in pursuit of geographical expansion of its heat network and generation business, PGNiG TERMIKA acquired PEC and SEJ.
Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej SA in Jastrzębie-Zdrój (PEC) operates heat systems (mainly heat networks and several local heat sources) in nine municipalities: Jastrzębie-Zdrój, Czerwionka-Leszczyny, Knurów, Kuźnia Raciborska, Pawłowice, Rybnik, Wodzisław-Śląski and Żory. PEC comprises six heating plants operating local heating systems. Its networks are approximately 288 km long. Total capacity contracted with all PEC plants is approximately 445 MWt. PEC operates 14 heating plants and one CHP plant with total capacities of approximately 255 MWt and 2 MWe. Heat from its own sources accounts for 41% of total heat sales. PEC is the PGNiG TERMIKA Group’s first large heat network operator, with a customer base of 2,150, including mainly housing cooperatives in Jastrzębie Zdrój, Rybnik, Żory, Racibórz, Wodzisław Śląski and Knurów, with total heat consumption of 1.4 PJ. The company serves both large business customers, small businesses and households.
The principal business of SEJ is the production of electricity, heat, cooling and compressed air for JSW’s coal mines. Its CHP plants are located close to the mines. SEJ operates five plants with a total capacity of 130.1 MWe, 504.66 MWt, 422.5 thousand cm/h of compressed air and 14.8 MWc. SEJ is a leader in the production of heat and cooling for mine ventilation in a trigeneration process from coal mine methane. For this reason, SEJ is the PGNiG TERMIKA Group company responsible for expanding the Group’s industrial power generation business and in the future will oversee its operations. SEJ sells energy to 186 customers, the largest of them being JSW S.A. (electricity, heat, cooling and compressed air), PEC (heat), TAURON Polska Energia S.A. (electricity), Koksownia Częstochowa NOWA Sp. z o. o. (electricity and heat) and Spółka Restrukturyzacji Kopalń S.A. (heat).