As an investor planning long-term commitment to the development of offshore wind energy projects, Polenergia cooperates with its partner Equinor to implement a comprehensive action plan for the coming years to support Polish suppliers in building competitive advantages so that they can successfully enter the supply chains of offshore wind farm projects. Active involvement of Polish companies in building competence, initiating dialog with industry players or supporting them in promotion on foreign markets are some of the key activities to support the development of the potential of Polish suppliers.
In May 2019, Polenergia and Equinor supported by the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society organized an event named “Supplier’s Day”, which allowed suppliers to meet directly and become acquainted with the project team. The event was attended by 225 firms, which took part in 156 direct meetings. The goal of the “Supplier’s Day” was to familiarize Polish companies with the key parameters of the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III projects, present to them the Company’s procurement procedures and strategies and to allow the Company’s project team to understand the characteristics of the Polish industry better.
Continuing their dialog with suppliers, in October 2020 Polenergia and its partner Equinor organized an event named “Workshop for MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III suppliers”. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the series of six workshops was carried out online. The workshops allowed Polish firms to initiate relations and dialog with international suppliers of offshore energy technology. The indirect purpose of the activity was to provide support to Polish suppliers to begin the certification process as soon as possible, which will enable more firms to participate in the supply chain of the planned offshore wind farms.
In 2021, MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III received decisions issued by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office granting them the right to cover the negative energy balance, which represents systemic support for energy production in offshore wind farms. At the same time, the Supply Chain Plans submitted by these projects were published on the Regulator’s website
As the ERO President’s decision on the right to cover the negative balance was pursued, the MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III projects developed the Supply Chain Plans required by law, which were published on the Energy Regulatory Office’s website. At present, the Projects have started implementing these plans as well as the so-called “5 Flagship Programs”, which set out the activities and measures in the area of communication, competence, competitiveness, innovation and port logistics.