Poland’s oil refiner and petrol retailer PKN ORLEN has entered a design phase for the construction of an offshore wind farm project in the Baltic Sea. A preliminary technical design and building permit design for the project will be developed by Offshore Design Engineering, a UK-based company with over 20 years’ experience in such kind of projects.
“The offshore wind farm in the Baltic Sea is a key capital investment project that will significantly strengthen our position as the leader of the energy transition in Poland and wider Central Europe,” said Daniel Obajtek, President of the PKN ORLEN Management Board. “By investing in low- and zero-carbon generation sources, in a few years’ time, we are set to become a leading producer of green energy, which is increasingly in demand. But we face many years of hard work before clean energy from the Baltic Sea is fed into the national power grid. We aim to encourage as many players in Poland as possible to join the work in order to support the national economy and build capabilities of the country’s offshore industry.”
PKN ORLEN is the first oil and energy company in Central Europe to declare an intention to achieve CO2 emission neutrality by 2050. The development of low- and zero-emission power sources is essential to fulfil this goal. With its construction planned to start in 2024, the offshore project fits into the Company’s strategy to leading to emission neutrality, as a part of which, the Company aims to invest over 25 billion złoty (5.6 billion euros) by 2030 in projects seeking to reduce its environmental impact and embrace new business models.
The contractor selected, Offshore Design Engineering designs offshore wind farms for the world’s largest companies and project owners. Its track record includes almost 8 gigawatts (GW) designed in UK waters and 3.2 GW in North European seas and in other parts of the world.
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