Poland announces plans for offshore windfarm project

25 Oct 2019

Offshore windfarmPoland’s offshore wind industry is due to rally, potentially providing 25% of the nation’s energy by the year 2040. 

The offshore windfarm project would substitute Poland’s existing, antiquated coal power stations, representatives at a recent maritime summit were informed. 

The project will have significant consequences for owners of wind installation machinery and through-live support service providers. 

During the Maritime Economy Forum in Gdynia, Radoslaw Pachecki, Maritime Logistics Project Manager at Poland’s largest energy firm PGE, told participants that the country’s Baltic Sea has the potential to supply 9-12GW of wind energy from up to 13 individual schemes. This is a close second to the North Sea which can generate 13GW. 

Mr Pachecki added that Baltic wind projects have the potential to create 70,000 jobs and €14.1 billion for the economy by the year 2030.

PGE is planning to construct three wind farms initially, with the aim of developing more of the 13 ‘concession’ sites in partnership with other energy organisations. A 20-month feasibility study had uncovered positive traits for wind projects in the Baltic such as favourable wind speeds, water which is relatively not so deep and calmer seas than those in the North Sea, My Pachecki noted. 

The construction of the first wind farms, approximately found 20km outside of the Polish coast, is due to begin in 2022 and will result in maintenance work for a further 18 years. The first rounds of usable electricity will likely be made available in 2025-26. 

During another meeting at the forum, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs Iain Shepherd said that by the year 2050, Europe will likely need twice the amount of electricity it does today, with roughly 80-85% of it being generated from renewable sources. 

Four times the amount of Europe’s current energy is forecast to be produced offshore by the year 2030, providing vast opportunities for European supply chain businesses such as steel, cable, and wind farm component manufacturers.