When commencing the implementation of projects in the Polish exclusive economic zone within the Baltic Sea, Polenergia had seen the massive potential for Poland already in 2010. In 2018, Polenergia established cooperation with Equinor involving joint implementation of Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III OWFs. In December 2019, it signed a cooperation agreement for the implementation of Baltic I OWF Project. Total capacity of the projects developed by the companies is 3,000 MW.
3,000 MW – total capacity of the projects developed by Polenergia together with its Partner Equinor.
|Project name||OWF Bałtyk I||OWF Bałtyk II||OWF Bałtyk III|
|Wind farm capacity [MW]||1,560||720||720|
|Distance from shore [km]||80||37||22|
|Total surface area [km2]||128.53||122||119.52|
|Total surface area [km2]||25-35||23-41||25-39|
|Average wind speed [m/s]||9-10||9-10||9-10|
The Act on Promoting Electricity Generation in Offshore Wind Farms, signed by the President of Poland in January 2021, is a milestone for energy transition. The Act establishes the legal framework for the construction of Poland’s first offshore wind farms and allows the full use of the potential of the Baltic Sea with regard to electricity generation.
Bałtyk I offshore wind farm will be located on the border of the Polish exclusive economic zone at the level of Łeba Municipality. The Project is located 81 km from the port of Łeba, in waters 25 to 35 metres deep. The Project will cover an area of about 128.5 km2, and the capacity of all turbines will not exceed 1,560 MW.More
Bałtyk II offshore wind farm is to be located approximately 37 km north of the Polish coastline, at the level of Smołdzino Municipality.More
Bałtyk III offshore wind farm is to be located approximately 37 km north of the Polish coastline, at the level of Smołdzino Municipality.More
Together with its Partner Equinor, Polenergia signed a letter of intent to cooperate in the development of offshore wind energy sector in Poland (Polish Offshore Wind Sector Deal). As part of the works in respective working groups, they share their knowledge and experience and actively participate in the works aimed at eliminating barriers and creating mechanisms and solutions to support the development of this sector in Poland. Polenergia representative chairs the works of one of the working groups, “Stakeholder Cooperation”, dedicated to the matters of co-existence of offshore wind farms with other forms of use of marine areas.
When implementing projects in the Polish Baltic Sea zone, Polenergia also focuses on building national resources at every stage of the works. It employs Polish contractors for analyses, expert opinions, environmental studies and documentation developed for the first decisions on location and environmental conditions.
As an investor planning a long-term commitment to the development of offshore wind projects, Polenergia, together with its Partner Equinor, intends to implement a comprehensive action plan to support Polish suppliers in building competitiveness in the coming years so that they can successfully join the supply chain of offshore wind farm projects. Actively engaging Polish companies in competence building, initiating dialogue with industry players or facilitating promotion on foreign markets are some of the key activities in supporting the development of domestic supply potential.
Along with obtaining the decision on the right to cover the negative balance issued by the President of the Energy Regulatory Office (URE), Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III OWF Projects developed the Supply Chain Plans required by the Act, which were published on URE website. The Projects have recently proceeded with the implementation of those Plans, as well as the so-called “5 Flagship Programmes” described therein, containing activities and actions in the areas of communication, competence, competitiveness, innovation and port logistics.