Shell signals interest in Polish offshore wind market

4C Offshore | Tom Russell
By: 14/06/2022 Shell

Amber Baltic Wind Ltd, a subsidiary of Shell, submitted bids under a recent public tender for proposals for new locations for offshore wind farms in the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea. The locations involved in the tender will help Poland achieve its offshore wind ambitions.

Shell also revealed that it has signed the sectoral agreement for the development of offshore wind energy in Poland, the aim of which is to increase the participation of Polish entrepreneurs in the supply chain in the context of the construction and operation of offshore wind farms. As part of the sectoral agreement, the industry undertook to create, directly or indirectly, up to 60,000 jobs by 2040. jobs in Polish wind energy.

"Shell has been Poland's energy partner for 30 years and we constantly want to support Poland in building a safer and sustainable energy system. Offshore wind energy, which has a chance to become the foundation of Polish transformation and energy independence, is an important part of Shell's plans to develop our activities in the field of low-emission solutions and support the decarbonization of many sectors of the economy. By signing the sectoral agreement for the development of offshore wind energy, we also undertook to support local communities and Polish companies, helping to create new jobs requiring high qualifications and developing local supply chains,"
said Piotr Kuberka, CEO of Shell Polska.

Poland is progressing the development of offshore wind under the Offshore Act, which regulates the method of obtaining public support by investors interested in building offshore wind farms in the Polish exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea. Under the Act up to 5.9 GW has already been allocated.

A 2.5 GW CfD auction is now expected in 2025 and 2027. Projects will have a 7-year award-to-generation deadline, meaning 10.9 GW generating power by 2034. The government plans to launch further support phases in 2025 and 2027, both 2.5 GW, leading to 11 GW by 2040.
As offshore wind is taking shape in Poland, more industry players are taking an interest.

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