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Poland’s PKN Orlen moving forward with planned 1.2GW offshore wind farm in Baltic Sea

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Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA submitted an environmental report to the Regional Directorate for Environmental Protection in Gdansk, Poland, for the offshore wind farm it is developing in the Polish Baltic Sea. The company, or PKN Orlen, is developing the project via subsidiary Baltic Power, which holds a license to construct wind farms with an aggregate capacity of up to 1.2 GW.

Comprehensive surveys were carried out at the site from October 2018 to February 2020. After a round of consultation with various stakeholders, the environmental report will serve as the basis for a conditional environmental permit.

PKN Orlen added July 23 that it can now seek a building permit, prepare a detailed schedule and define technical conditions for the project.

Based on the data collected, the company will be able to prepare an indicative layout of the wind turbines and provisionally define the optimum type and size of the support structures.

“[The project] will deliver nearly 1.2 GW of capacity installed in the Baltic Sea, which — along with our planned investments in gas assets — will result in a permanent shift in Poland’s energy mix, ensuring stable power supplies, with meaningfully reduced emissions,” Daniel Obajtek, president of PKN Orlen’s management board, said.

The company has already secured grid connection conditions and is now seeking an industry partner and technical adviser to carry out the project.

[Maryam Adeeb]

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