PGE and City of Ustka ink offshore wind agreement

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 21/10/2021 PGE
Representatives of PGE, PGE Baltica and the City of Ustka have signed a letter of intent regarding the possibility of establishing infrastructure at the Sea Port in Ustka for offshore wind farms.

The port in Ustka is one of the potential locations for a service hub for the planned offshore wind farm developments in the region. According to the signatories, the advantages of this location include its proximity to the planned wind farms, its size and good navigation conditions, availability of investment land and the positive attitude of city authorities and the port’s board with regard to the proposed offshore wind investment.

“The development of offshore wind farms is a key element of Poland’s transition – not just energy but economic as well. An investment such as this can create new jobs in Ustka, and the city itself and the wider region will gain new possibilities to develop and bring in additional investments. The service infrastructure in Ustka, given its close distance from the planned offshore wind farms, may constitute an important factor in optimising servicing costs and guaranteeing effective management of the farms, which will be of utmost importance during the operation of our installations,”
said Wojciech Dąbrowski, CEO of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

“As mayor of the city, I am very happy with new economic opportunities for Ustka. We want to make an effective use of them. I am also glad that PGE has declared to support our activities in the area of re-developing the port in Ustka and the construction of an access route that circumvents the city centre. I am also hoping for PGE’s involvement in community projects, which are so needed by our residents,
” said Mayor Jacek Maniszewski.

PGE and Ørsted are developing a number of projects in the Baltic Sea. 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/MWh in accordance with the Decree of the Minister of Climate and Environment of Poland and the Offshore Wind Act. 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.

PGE’s responsibilities include the construction and operation of a service port, which will become a base for the jointly developed wind farms.

The port in Ustka has been include in Poland's National Recovery Plan, which emphasises that the offshore wind energy sector constitutes an opportunity for economic growth in Poland, including the development and expansion of local content, a key element of which is the construction of port infrastructure.