Ocean Winds secures Polish offshore wind support

Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office latest award of CfDs means it has now contracted just over 5.9GW of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea

Ocean Winds previously developed the Moray East project off Scotland
Ocean Winds previously developed the Moray East project off Scotland

Poland’s energy regulator has awarded EDP Renewables and Engie’s Ocean Winds joint venture a 25-year contract for difference (CfD) for their 400MW BC-Wind BC-Wind (400MW) Offshoreoff Choczewo, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland, Europe Click to see full details project.

The country’s CfDs are provisionally set at a price of PLN 319.60/MWh (€70.88/MWh), subject to adjustments and approvals from the Polish authorities and the European Commission.

Ocean Winds’ project would be located in the Exclusive Economic Zone of Poland’s Baltic Sea, about 23km from the coast, in 90km2 area, in water depths varying from 30 to 60 metres.

The developer has not confirmed when it plans to start construction or commercial operations at the wind farm.

Grzegorz Gorski, chief operating officer of Ocean Winds and CEO of the joint venture’s Polish unit, said  the CfD award would accelerate the developers towards making a final investment decision on the project and beginning construction.

He added: “We have already been collaborating with numerous Polish suppliers in our projects in construction in the UK, Belgium and Portugal, and will be happy to work with them — and many more — in their home country.”

Gorski also said that Ocean Winds plans to develop and operate “many more” offshore wind farms in Poland.

Poland aims to have 3.8GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030, 10GW by 2040 and 28GW by 2050.

The award is part of an allocation phase for up to 5.9GW of offshore wind capacity selected by the end of June 2021. The regulator is then due to award a further 5GW through two competitive tenders in 2025 and 2027.

Poland’s energy regulator has now awarded just over 5.9GW of offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea.

It has also awarded CfDs to Northland Power, a pairing of Equinor and Polenergia, an Ørsted-PGE joint venture and RWE Renewables.

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