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Polish firm plans survey of potential 1.2-GW offshore windfarm

Fri 11 Jan 2019 by David Foxwell

Polish firm plans survey of potential 1.2-GW offshore windfarm
Energy companies are developing plans for offshore windfarms in the Baltic now that the Polish government has swung behind the idea

A Polish energy company, one of a number of companies now hoping to do so, is a step closer to building an offshore windfarm in the Baltic.

​PKN Orlen said an Orlen group company, Baltic Power, is about to commence surveys to assess the environmental impact and wind conditions at its offshore wind licence area in the Baltic.

To that end, an agreement has been signed with a consortium comprising MEWO SA and the Maritime Institute of Gdańsk with a view to obtaining an environmental permit for the project and determining the production potential of the windfarm.

PKN Orlen president of the board of management Daniel Obajtek said, “Renewable energy will continue to gain prominence and we cannot afford to miss out on this opportunity for sustainable development, so we have made low-emission energy generation a priority in our updated strategy. The agreement to conduct the surveys is another step in our preparations for the construction of an offshore wind project in the Baltic.”

In May 2018 PKN Orlen assembled a team of specialists to prepare and implement an offshore wind project with a potential of up to 1.2 GW.  

The company is Poland’s fourth-largest electricity producer with assets including two CCGT facilities in Płock and Włocławek.

As reported in December 2018, a state-controlled Polish energy company has launched a search for a strategic partner to develop offshore windfarms in the Baltic with a capacity of up to 2.5 GW. That company, PGE, intends to sell up to a 50% stake in two special-purpose vehicles that will develop the windfarms while operating them with the partner on a joint venture basis. PGE intends that the first electricity from offshore windfarms will be delivered in 2025.

In November 2018, the Polish Government announced ambitious plans to develop 8 GW of offshore wind by 2035. It came as Poland opened a 1 GW onshore wind auction on 5 November.

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