Equinor and Polenergia submit CfD applications in Poland

In: Windfarms

Equinor and partner Polenergia have submitted applications for contracts for difference (CfD) for energy generated by the
MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III offshore wind projects located in the Polish part of the Baltic sea. Equinor is the operator of the projects during the development, construction and operation phases. Polenergia is responsible for obtaining all permits and managing national affairs related to the development of the project.

The joint venture partners submitted the applications to the Polish Energy Regulatory Office in accordance with the Polish Offshore Wind Act from 17 December 2020. Under the Offshore Wind Act, up to 5.9 GW of projects might be awarded CfD support in the first phase of the support scheme.

The two projects are located in the Baltic Sea, 22-37 km off the coast of Poland in water depths of around 25 to 40 meters. The combined area has the potential to generate up to 1440 MW – enough electricity to power approximately 2 million Polish homes.

“Poland has set ambitious goals for offshore wind energy as part of a broad energy transformation. Equinor wants to be the lead partner in this process. Submitted applications for support for MFW Bałtyk II and MFW Bałtyk III are a milestone for our projects. We are currently expecting the decision of the Ministry of Climate on the maximum price for electricity in the support system for offshore wind farms. This determines the further development of these projects and the emerging offshore wind energy sector in Poland,”
said Equinor’s country manager Michał Kołodziejczyk.

Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III which have a combined planned capacity of 1,440 MW with the potential to power more than two million Polish households. The projects are located in the Baltic Sea in water depths of 25-35 metres, approximately 80 kilometres from the Port of Łeba. They will feature turbines with a capacity of 10 or 12 MW.

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