Poland’s offshore wind auction is won by PGE Baltica

The Ministry of Infrastructure said that PGE Baltica, part of Polish utility group PGE (WSE:PGE), placed first in the process of obtaining a permit to develop an offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea off the Polish coast.

Also qualifying for area 43.E.1 is runner-up EDF Renewable Offshore Polska I, followed by Cormano and POW-Polish Offshore Wind-Co.

On January 21, 2022, an aquatory of 118.4 square kilometers (45.7 square miles) was auctioned. As part of the assessment, the period of completion, funding resources, and compliance with environmental, cultural, fishing, and aquaculture conditions were taken into account.

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In January, the previous auction for developing wind farms in the Baltic Sea ended without a winner. According to the ministry, the bidders’ schedules did not meet the ministry’s criteria for starting and completing the projects. Furthermore, the proposals violated the ban on artificial islands and structures in the basin by 2040.

Due to its high wind speeds and relatively small basin depth, the Polish Exclusive Economic Zone of the Baltic Sea is considered an excellent place to invest in offshore wind energy. According to deputy infrastructure minister Marek Grobarczyk, five offshore wind farms will be approved in 2022 and 2023, followed by six in May 2023, Pap Biznes reported in November.


Source: Renewables Now

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