CfD success for RWE in Poland

By: Tom Russell

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RWE has secured a Contract for Difference (CfD) for its 350 MW FEW Baltic II offshore wind farm from the Polish Energy Regulatory Office.  

The project is located 55 km offshore in water depths of 30-50 metres.
RWE submitted its CfD application to the through its subsidiary Baltic Trade and Invest Sp. z o. o. The 350 MW FEW Baltic II project secured a grid connection with Poland’s transmission system operator PSE earlier this year. Cables will come ashore near Ustka and connect to the grid at Słupsk.

Sven Utermöhlen, COO Wind Offshore Global of RWE Renewables: “With the awarded Contract for Difference we have passed an important milestone on the way to realising our first Polish offshore wind farm. Poland is one of the most attractive, emerging offshore markets in Europe. With our F.E.W. Baltic II project we will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition and accelerate the development of the local supply chain.”

Subject to the final investment decision, construction works could commence as early as 2024. Once fully operational, the wind farm would be capable of producing enough green electricity to supply the equivalent of around 350,000 households.

It was also
announced that Ørsted and PGE secured CfDs for the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. The Baltica Offshore Wind Farm – the largest offshore wind project in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea, comprising Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 – secured a CfD at a maximum of PLN 319.60/MW. With a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW, Baltica 3 and 2 is expected to generate enough green electricity to power 4 million Polish households.

Poland is progressing the development of offshore wind under the Offshore Act, which regulates the method of obtaining public support by investors interested in building offshore wind farms in the Polish exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea.The three projects combined,
FEW Baltic II, Baltica 3 and Baltica 2, represent nearly 2.9 GW of offshore wind energy to be progressed under the Offshore Act.

The Act provides up to 5.9 GW allocated by CfD in 2021 and a 2.5 GW CfD auction in 2025 and 2027. Projects will have a 7 year award to generation deadline, meaning 10.9 GW generating power by 2034.

The government plans to launch further support phases in 2025 and 2027, both 2.5 GW, leading to 11 GW by 2040.

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