Ørsted and ZE PAK join forces for Polish tenders

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 15/10/2021 Ørsted
Ørsted has signed a letter of intent with ZE PAK, one of Poland’s largest privately owned energy producers who is currently implementing a shift from coal to renewables, to participate in the upcoming auction for seabed leases in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.

Next step for ZE PAK and Ørsted is to create a 50/50 joint venture which will be subject to merger clearance. The two companies will jointly participate in the upcoming auction for seabed leases in the Polish Baltic Sea. If successful in the lease auction, the partners intend to jointly bid into Poland’s future offshore wind CfD auctions planned for 2025 and 2027.

Zygmunt Solorz, main shareholder and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ZE PAK, said: "Wind energy is one of the pillars of ZE PAK's strategy to switch to zero-emission energy production and I am glad that we have the opportunity to cooperate with Ørsted. If you are serious about offshore wind energy, then Ørsted, the world's no. 1 in this field, is the best possible partner. The potential, achievements and experience of Ørsted in the production of clean energy are impressive and can undoubtedly support the energy transformation of both ZE PAK and the entire Polish energy sector."

Martin Neubert, Chief Commercial Officer and Deputy Group CEO of Ørsted, commented: “With offshore wind as the backbone, Poland has made the bold decision to transform its energy system to reduce carbon emissions and to make sure that sufficient and cost-competitive renewable power supply is available for Polish businesses and households in the coming decades as coal-fired power stations are being retired. With very strong local know-how, leading global experience and joint ambitions, ZE PAK and Ørsted can support Poland in making the transition from fossil-based to renewable energy sources happen while creating thousands of local jobs and re-skilling and up-skilling the workforce from the coal industry to renewables.”

ZE PAK is Poland’s fifth largest power producer. Listed on the Warsaw stock exchange, ZE PAK has started its transition from fossil-based to renewable energy generation. ZE PAK has decided to phase out coal-fired power generation no later than 2030 and intends to join the bourgeoning market for renewable hydrogen to help decarbonize other sectors such as heavy transportation and heavy industry.

Piotr Woźny, President of the Management Board of ZE PAK, said: "At ZE PAK, we try to work with concrete opportunities and take real actions to switch to clean energy production and reduce carbon emissions. Like Ørsted, we have our ’best’ and ’first’ – we have just completed the construction of the largest solar farm in Poland, we will be the first to start producing green hydrogen, we are a leader in reducing carbon emissions and most importantly we will be the first in Poland to move away from coal. Offshore wind energy will be an important part of ZE PAK's transformation into a producer of clean and green energy."

Rasmus Errboe, Head of Region Continental Europe at Ørsted, commented: “Poland is a strategically important market for Ørsted, and we hope to further expand our presence and investments to help Poland harvest the clean energy resources that are abundantly available in the Baltic Sea. We are happy to team up with ZE PAK who has launched an ambitious green transformation, and whose shift from fossil to renewable energy will help Poland reach its carbon emission reduction targets.”

Globally Ørsted currently has a total of 12 GW of installed renewable capacity, of which 7.6 GW is installed across 28 offshore wind farms. Ørsted expects to have 15 GW of offshore wind capacity installed by 2025, and 30 GW by 2030. Ørsted built the world’s first offshore wind farm in 1991 and next year it aims to have completed what is poised to be the world's largest offshore wind farm, the 1.4 GW
Hornsea Two offshore project of the UK's east coast. From 2020 to 2027, Ørsted expects to invest DKK 350 billion in renewable energy of which approx. 80 % will be invested in offshore wind and renewable hydrogen.

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