Offshore could bring EUR 17 billion boost to Poland

POLAND: Poland could boost its economy by nearly PLN 74 billion (EUR 17.5 billion) if it installs 6GW of offshore wind capacity by 2025, according to an Ernst & Young report for the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA).

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In the "Offshore Wind Energy — Analysis of benefits for the Polish economy and development determinants" report, the consultancy estimates that offshore wind could create 31,800 new jobs in Poland by 2025.

It would also support a vibrant local supply chain. Polish companies are already involved in offshore wind,  PWEA points out. Among them are the Crist Shipyard, GSG Towers and Grupa Kapitalowa Vistal — manufacturers of turbine towers and steel offshore structures.

Under its national renewable energy action plan, Poland is committed to installing 500MW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. "However, a target specified at such a level seems underestimated. Poland exhibits much higher potential in the area," said PWEA president Wojciech Cetnarski.

A target of 6GW in the 2020s is also necessary to pre-empt a power deficit as older coal-fired plants are shut down under EU rules, Poland's Foundation for Sustainable Energy said last autumn.

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