PGE Baltica completes wind measurements

by Tom Russell in Windfarms 13/02/2020 PGE Capital Group

PGE Baltica, a subsidiary of a state-owned Polish public power company PGE Capital Group, has completed a two-year wind measurement campaign in the Baltic Sea, using floating LiDAR (light detection and ranging) technology, for its proposed offshore wind developments. The research allowed the collection of data on the wind conditions ahead of its investment decisions.

The research concerned, among other things, wind speed, wind direction, wind strength and turbulence. It lasted for 24 months. According to PGE Baltica, the date collected is sufficiently accurate, and its initial assessment confirms favourable wind conditions at the locations of its proposed offshore wind farms.

"The next stage of preparations for the construction of wind farms in the Baltic Sea is behind us, which are a key element of the PGE Group's transformation plan towards low-emission and a pillar of change in the entire Polish power sector. The implementation of this project alone will avoid emissions of around 7 million tons of CO2 per year, and the green electricity produced in this way will be able to power up to 4 million households,"
said Henryk Baranowski, president of the board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

PGE Baltica was established in January 2019 as the company responsible for implementing the Offshore Program in the PGE Capital Group, which coordinates preparations for the construction of three wind farms with a combined capacity of 3.5GW: This includes
Baltica 1, Baltica 2 and Baltica 3.  All three sites have location permits enabling the construction of offshore farms in designated areas of the Baltic Sea.

In December 2019, PGE signed a preliminary agreement with Ørsted for the sale of a 50% stake in the two projects. Baltica 2 and 3 have connection agreements for 1.498 GW and 1.045 GW in place with Polish Power Networks (PSE).

Current plans include the deployment of 10-13 MW turbines with operations from 2026. Earlier this month Poland published its draft act for the promotion of offshore wind electricity generation which looks to pave the way for development of the technology in the Baltic Sea.

On January 24, 2020, the Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk issued a decision on environmental conditions for Baltica 2 and Baltica 3.

The Polish government announced earlier this year that it has opted to proceed via a two stage Contract for Difference (CfD) model which is similar to that used in the UK with the first to take place from 2020-2022. The government has set targets of 5 GW by 2030.

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