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Baltic Power to be world’s first offshore wind farm to use low-emission steel

Polish energy company ORLEN announced on Tuesday (16 January) that it plans to use low-emission steel for its joint venture Baltic Power offshore wind farm project with Canadian energy company Northland Power.

Baltic Power would be the world’s first offshore wind farm to be built using low-emission steel produced almost entirely from recycled raw material in a renewables-powered electric arc furnace, which is estimated to reduce the turbine’s lifecycle carbon footprint by 10 per cent.

“As the first offshore wind farm in Polish waters, Baltic Power is the beginning of a new chapter in Poland and is raising the bar on project sustainability. As an industry whose mission is to build a net-zero future, we look for innovative ways to execute on our vision across the entire value chain,” said Mike Crawley, President and Chief Executive Officer for Northland Power. “This new technology does just that, setting a new standard for the entire global offshore wind industry to ensure we’re sourcing sustainable materials to further reduce carbon footprints.”

Baltic Power, with a planned capacity of nearly 1.2 gigawatts (GW), is to be located 23 km from the Baltic coast. Preparations for the construction of the foundations on which the 230-metre turbines are planned to stand are set to begin this year. In 2025, 76 Vestas wind turbines of 15 MW each are to be installed on the farm. Work is already underway on the onshore substation that will receive energy from the sea.

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“Finding ways to decarbonise the emissions produced during the raw material extraction and refinement of steel is vital for us and the industry in general. Vestas sees the partnership with ArcelorMittal and the adoption of low-emission steel as a significant lever in reducing CO2 emissions within the wind industry,” said Dieter Dehoorne, Head of Global Procurement at Vestas. “Commitment from our customers is vital to drive the transition so we are very happy that we can provide value to our customers with this solution. The Baltic Power project stands as a solid example of this progress, having secured the first order and affirming the delivery of substantial value to our customers”.

The wind farm is expected to start production in 2026, which would be able to power more than 1.5 million households across Poland.

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