PGE Baltica launches environmental surveys for Polish wind farm

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 16/09/2022 PGE Group
PGE Baltica, a PGE Group company, has launched the environmental survey process for the Baltica 1 offshore wind farm located approximately 80 km from the Baltic coast. The research will be carried out by a consortium of Gdynia Maritime University and MEWO S.A. specialising in subsea surveys.

Gdynia Maritime University and MEWO S.A. will prepare an environmental report and will be responsible for obtaining an environmental permit for the Baltica 1 project issued by the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk. This process is part of the further stages of the investment, including preparation of project documentation and obtaining a building permit.

The research will also provide answers to questions about potential risks and possible limitations, which must be taken into account when designing and building an offshore wind farm. Thanks to survey results, certain solutions will be created that will allow for avoiding the impact on environmentally valuable areas and the economic environment.

"One of the key stages in the design of any offshore wind farm is environmental survey. They allow for accurate identifiying the natural resources of the sea - not only in terms of geology and water, but also in terms of organisms present in the studied area - plants, animals living on the seabed, fish, birds and mammals, including bats. All this is done when designing the construction in order to minimize the impact on the natural environment during construction and subsequent long-term operation of a wind farm. Importantly, in addition to the offshore wind farm area, the surveys will also cover the area of ​​sea and land where the offshore wind farm connection infrastructure will be built," said Dariusz Lociński, President of the Management Board of PGE Baltica.

The 900 MW Baltica 1 offshore wind farm one of three concession area being developed by PGE in Poland. It is expected to commercially operational after 2030 and has already secured a location permit and a connection agreement.

PGE, alongside its partner Ørsted, is also developing a number of projects in the Polish sector of Baltic Sea.
Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 have 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, the two projects are expected to generate enough green electricity to power 4 million Polish households.

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