Polish projects gain environmental permits

by James Bernthal-Hooker in Windfarms 31/01/2020 4C Offshore

PGE has received the environmental permits for its Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 offshore wind farms, which have a combined capacity of up to 2.5 GW.

The Regional Director of Environmental Protection in Gdańsk issued an approval of the environmental permits on 24th January allowing PGE to start technical design work for the project. 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.

Poland 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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