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Environmental green light for Polish offshore projects

Polish utility Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) has secured environmental permits for two offshore wind farms with a combined capacity of more than 2.5GW.

Last month, Poland unveiled draft legislation outlining more than 10GW of offshore wind to be awarded by 2028 (pic credit: ST3)
Last month, Poland unveiled draft legislation outlining more than 10GW of offshore wind to be awarded by 2028 (pic credit: ST3)

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The utility can now start work on the technical designs needed to receive building permits for its 1500MW Baltica 2 Baltica 2 (1500MW) Offshoreoff Łeba, Poland, Europe Click to see full details and 1045MW Baltica 3 Baltica 3 (1045MW) Offshoreoff Łeba, Poland, Europe Click to see full details wind farms in the Polish Baltic Sea.

It believes the smaller of the two wind farms could achieve first power by 2026.

The utility added that it ultimately plans to sell 50% shares in the two special purpose vehicles behind the two projects to a “selected strategic partner”, with whom it would jointly develop the wind farms.

PGE signed a non-binding, framework agreement Ørsted in December for the Danish developer to potentially buy 50% stakes in the development vehicles.

The environmental permits from regulator the Regional Directorate of Environmental Protection in Gdansk, positions Baltica 2 and 3 among Poland’s most advanced offshore wind farms.

Poland’s energy regulator would be more likely to select such projects under plans outlined in the country’s draft Offshore Wind Act, which was issued last month.

The draft legislation outlines more than 10GW of new capacity to be awarded by 2028.

Under the proposals, Poland’s energy regulator would select up to 4.6GW by the end of 2022, before an additional 5.5GW would be competitively tendered across at least three rounds between 2023 and 2028.

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