Vestas in talks with port for Polish offshore wind hub

Turbine manufacturer hopes site in north-east Poland could aid impending ramping up of offshore wind in the Baltic Sea

The port of Gdynia in northern Poland
The port of Gdynia in northern Poland

Vestas is in talks with the Port of Gdynia in northern Poland about setting up a hub for offshore wind in the Baltic Sea.

The partners aim to make the port more attractive for project developers as offshore wind build-out ramps up in the region.

They are discussing a variety of topics, including the different requirements of a pre-assembly site for offshore wind, and the technical specifications required by wind turbine manufacturers for turbine installation.

Tommy Rahbek Nielsen, chief operating officer at Vestas, said: “It is imperative that more waterside infrastructure be developed fast in markets considering offshore wind installations in the mid-2020s, particularly so that the offshore wind supply chain is able to deliver offshore wind cost-effectively. 

“Technical discussions such as those being held by Vestas with the Port of Gdynia team will aid the development of such sites to ensure consumers in Poland and other Baltic countries are receiving cost-effective offshore wind energy.”

Poland aims to have 3.8GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2030, 10GW by 2040 and 28GW by 2050. Its energy regulator recently awarded just over 5.9GW of offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea.

Offshore wind farms are also being developed off other Baltic Sea countries, including Germany, Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

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