PGE Baltica, the company responsible for offshore wind power development in the majority state-owned Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE) Group, has secured two new location permits for offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea, the Group announced on 10 February.
“The Ministry of Infrastructure has decided in favour of the PGE Group on another two new location proceedings for offshore wind farms. That’s a total of four new areas this year. Receiving the final decisions will allow us to exceed the goal set in the Group’s strategy,” said Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
The first permit is for an area of approximately 121 square kilometres, located around 48 kilometres from the Polish coast at the level of Ustka (coastal town). According to the company’s estimates, 975 megawatts (MW) of power can be built on it. The second permit is for an area of around 77 square kilometres and is located near the PGE – Baltica 1 project, which is currently under construction. A wind farm with a capacity of 555 MW can be built in this location, PGE said.
The first permit was submitted solely by PGE Baltica 9, whilst the second permit was submitted by PGE Baltica 5, in which shares are split between PGE Group (66 per cent) and a separate Polish power company, Enea.
Currently, the PGE Group is implementing wind projects in the Baltic Sea with a capacity of approximately 3.4 gigawatts (GW). After receiving the full set of permit decisions, the PGE Group would be able to build an additional estimated 3.7 gigawatts (GW) in newly acquired areas in the coming decades, reaching a total capacity of over 7.1 GW.