PGE Baltica secures Polish lease area

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: Tom Russell 11/01/2023 PGE Baltica

The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure announced the results of the procedure regarding the location permit for the offshore wind farms for the
43.E.1 Development Area.  

PGE Baltica 4, EDF Renewable Offshore Polska I, Cormano, and POW-Polish Offshore Wind-Co all achieved the qualification minimum. Applicants are named in descending order of the number of points obtained with PGE Baltica, a of PGE Group company, receiving the most points in the procedure.

"Obtaining the highest number of points by PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna in the procedure for issuing a permit in the area 43.E.1 means that PGE we will be able to develop offshore wind farms in this area. It is located close to our other offshore wind projects under development and to the service port which  is under construction in Ustka, which will allow us to take advantage of the synergy effect and the scale of our operations. This gives us an advantage and distinguishes us from the competition, because it allows us to shorten processes and optimize the costs of many project tasks,"
commented Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.

"This permit, in addition to our other three offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea with a total installed capacity of approximately 3.4 GW, is another step towards achieving the strategic goal of the PGE Group. That is to have at least 6.5 GW of installed generation capacity in the Baltic Sea by 2040,"
added the president of PGE.

The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure announced last week that it decided not to assign 1 of 11 areas off the Polish coast in its Phase 2 auction due to developers not meeting the minimum award criteria. Decisions for the remaining sites are expected to follow.

The Polish government plans to implement 5.9 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and 11 GW by 2040.
Further 2.5 GW auctions are currently planned for 2025 and 2027. To date, a total of eight projects representing a combined 5.9 GW  have secured CfDs.

The successful projects included the
Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 offshore wind farms jointly owned by PGE and Ørsted. According to the developer's schedule, Baltica 3, with a capacity of up to 1045.5 MW, is planned to be operational from 2026, followed by the 1498 MW Baltica 2 project in 2027. The developers are yet to secure a building permit before the final investment decision is made.

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