Poland’s oil refiner and petrol retailer PKN ORLEN has commenced onshore geological surveys along the connection route for its planned offshore wind farm. The work will help delineate an underground cable route to evacuate power from the offshore farm to an onshore power station.
“The wind farm construction in the Baltic Sea is one of the key projects bringing us closer to our strategic goal of climate neutrality,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board. “Despite the epidemic crisis, we are keeping up the pace and are progressing on schedule. By 2030, we will have invested more than 25 billion złoty [5.5 billion euros] in projects designed to mitigate our environmental impacts, opening us up to new business models. By investing in green energy, we are also building Orlen’s position as the leader of the energy transition in Central Europe.”
The work on preparing the cable connection route has been contracted by PKN ORLEN to ENPROM which is responsible for the design and building permit application for the necessary infrastructure. The contract covers preparation of the connection route both along the offshore section: from the wind farm to shore and the onshore section and from shore to power station, from where green energy will be fed into the national power grid.
PKN ORLEN is engaged in offshore wind power development through its subsidiary Baltic Power, which holds a licence to construct wind farms with an aggregate capacity of up to 1.2 gigawatts (GW).