Poland’s oil and gas retailer PKN ORLEN has finally submitted an environmental report for its offshore wind farm project to be developed in the Baltic Sea.
Having completed this stage, the company is now able to seek a building permit, prepare a detailed schedule and define technical conditions for the project. The survey findings will be used to plan the project’s implementation and subsequent operation so that it optimally interacts with the environment.
The survey covered the geological structure of the seabed, chemical properties of the surrounding waters, as well as the flora and fauna present within the area of the proposed project.
“Our offshore wind farm project is crucial not only for PKN ORLEN’s strategy to develop low- and zero-carbon generation sources but also for Poland’s overall energy transformation,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board. “It will deliver nearly 1.2 gigawatts (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. The completion of the survey and submission of the environmental report for our offshore project mark a milestone heralding profound changes of the entire power generation system in Poland.”
Based on the data collected, it will be possible to prepare an indicative layout of the wind turbines and to provisionally define the optimum type and size of the support structures.