Polish state-owned energy company Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE Group) has launched a search for business partners to build 2.5GW wind farms in the Baltic Sea.
PGE Group stated that the 1.5GW offshore wind farms will come up within an area covered by a concession held by Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-2 and 1.04GW within an area controlled by Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-3.
The wind farms are expected to be located between 25 and 30km from the coastal city of Łeba.
The company is looking for potential partner who has experience in implementing this type of investment in the European markets.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna CEO Henryk Baranowski said: “Wind measurements in the Baltic Sea in the area of the planned investment are on-going since January 2018. So far, the results confirm very good wind conditions for the surveyed areas. Estimated wind speeds at our locations might exceed 9m/s.”
The company expects to receive positive decision on environmental conditions for the wind farm in 2019. As per the schedule, electricity from its first offshore wind farm could begin generation by around 2025 and commercial operations could begin in 2026.
The offshore wind programme is in line with Poland’s Energy Policy 2040, which was recently sent out for consultations.
PGE has started diversifying its electricity generation sources and aims to reduce its CO2 emissions. By installing 1GW of offshore wind, it aims to reduce CO2 emissions by as much as 1 million tonnes per year and about 100 million tonnes throughout the 25 year lifetime of the wind project.
PGE also added that this offshore project can have a positive impact on the entire Polish economy, in terms of job creation, development of new industries such as ship building and steel.
The firm stated: “Offshore wind farms constitute one of PGE Group’s strategic development options after 2020.”
As a major producer of green energy in Poland, the company owns 14 onshore wind farms, 29 hydroelectricity plants, 4 pumped storage plants and one photovoltaic plant at the Żar mountain.
The total installed capacity of these assets is nearly 2188.9MW.