Bałtyk III offshore wind farm is to be located approximately 37 km north of the Polish coastline, at the level of Smołdzino Municipality. The project will cover an area of about 117 km2 and it will include the following components:
maximum 60 wind turbines ("WT"), composed mainly of foundation, tower, nacelle with power generator and rotor
1 internal offshore substation (OS);
maximum 200 km of offshore power and telecommunications cables connecting;
WT between each other (cable circuits);
WT groups with the internal offshore substation
internal OS with the external offshore substation (being a part of another project) (optionally)
Between June 2012 and September 2014, marine environmental studies were carried out covering the area of the planned wind farm and its immediate vicinity.
The environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedure for Bałtyk III OWF project ended with the issuance of a decision on environmental conditions on 7 July 2016 permitting the construction of up to 120 turbines with a total capacity of up to 1,200 MW, each with a total height of up to 275 m and rotor diameter of 200 m with auxiliary infrastructure, e.g. up to 6 internal offshore substations and up to 200 km of onshore and offshore transmission and telecommunications cable lines.
On 4 January 2022, the decision of the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection was issued stating that the conditions of the issued decision remained valid and therefore the validity period of the decision was 10 years.
With regard to the change in turbine parameters, the Company applied for issuing a new decision on environmental conditions. A new EIA report with an application for a new decision on environmental conditions was submitted to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk in September 2019. With regard to the above, the Company applied for amending the 2017 decision on 13.06.2022. The amended decision was issued on 8.11.2022 and became final as of 29.11.2022.
In addition, in March 2019 the decision on environmental conditions for the connection infrastructure covering the connection infrastructure of Bałtyk II and III OWFs was obtained. Due to Project development, certain components of the Project were significantly modified, including primarily in the onshore section (including spatial). Therefore, on 2.06.2022 the application for issuing the decision on environmental conditions for the connection infrastructure was submitted to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection. The application covers the connection infrastructure of Bałtyk II and III OWFs. The procedure is in progress.
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