The largest employer in the region
The Turów Mine and Power Plant complex is one of the largest employers in the region and in the entire Lower-Silesian Voivodeship. The Turów Lignite Mine employs almost 2 400 people, while the Turów Power Plant employs over 1 200. In addition, almost 1 100 people are also employed in subsidiaries.
In the years 2018-2020, KWB Turów cooperated with approx. 1 450 enterprises, and the total value of turnover from services provided to the mine in the period 2018 - Q3 2020 exceeded PLN 1 billion gross. In the same period the Turów Power Plant cooperated with approx. 1 400 companies, and the total value of turnover from services provided to the power plant during that time exceeded PLN 5 billion gross.
Employment in the Turów Mine and Power Plant, as well as subsidiaries and cooperating entities, provides a stable income to around 60-80 thousand people, including the families of employees. Closing down the Turów complex without ensuring a transformation programme spread out over the years would lead to a collapse on the local labour market, a huge increase in unemployment, and the bankruptcy of hundreds of companies.
The Turów Mine and Power Plant are important and stable contributors to taxes and other public duties, to both the State Treasury and local governments, which has a significant impact on the development of the region and many investments and initiatives for local residents.
Taxes and other payments made in 2019 are summarised below.
Turów Power Plant
- In 2019, taxes and other payments to local and regional authorities (Bogatynia, Zgorzelec, Sulików) amounted to over PLN 41 million.
- Payments to other offices and ministries in 2019 reached a total of nearly PLN 7 million.
- Taxes and other payments to local and regional authorities in 2019 (Zgorzelec, Bogatynia) amounted to over PLN 84 million.
- Payments to other offices and ministries in 2019 reached a total of nearly PLN 21 million.
Supporting the development of education in the region
They also play an important role in the education and vocational training system.
Turów Power Plant:
- The plant cooperates with local secondary schools, supporting the development of vocational education. PGE is the patron of classes in two secondary schools in the Zgorzelec Poviat - at the Vocational School Complex in Bogatynia and the Vocational and Secondary School Complex in Zgorzelec. PGE's patronage encompasses classes that prepare for the profession of mechatronics and electrical technicians. They help organise hands-on vocational training and internships for students from these classes, and also sponsor scholarships for the best students.
- Apart from the cooperation under formal agreements with the above mentioned schools, the power plant also organises vocational training and internships for students of other local schools. The scope of vocational training is very diverse, and includes biotechnology, mechatronics, mechanics and machine manufacturing, automation and robotics, logistics, environmental protection, production management and engineering, internal safety, and chemistry.
- On average, about 20 students a year from various universities take part in vocational training during the summer. The scope is very diverse, and includes: mechanics, electronics, logistics, environmental protection.
- Every year, the mine also organises internships for 4-5 groups of students from the Faculty of Geoengineering, Mining and Geology of the Wrocław University of Technology.