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Poland’s power grid operator secures environmental decision for power lines from offshore wind farms

Poland’s power transmission network operator PSE reported on Wednesday (17 April) that Gdańsk’s Regional Director of Environmental Protection has issued two decisions regarding environmental conditions for power lines that would run from the Choczewo power substation to the south of the country.

These are two out of four new 400 kilowatts (kV) lines that are planned to be built in the Pomorskie voivodeship in the coming years to receive power from the first offshore wind farms.

The lines would mostly run parallel through forest and agricultural lands. The first line, nearly 130 kilometres long, would run from the Choczewo power substation, in construction since last year, to the intersection of the existing Gdańsk Błonia – Grudziądz Węgrowo line in the Cedry Wielkie commune.

The second line, approximately 90 kilometres long, would be routed from the Choczewo substation through the territory of the first 10 mentioned communes to the Gdańsk Przyjaźń substation in the Żukowo commune.

The environmental decisions, issued on 5 and 16 April, will enable PSE to apply for location decisions for these lines in the second half of the year. Construction work is expected to commence between 2025 and 2026, with their commissioning scheduled three and two years later, respectively.

These new connections are part of PSE’s investment programme in the Pomorskie voivodeship, which includes the construction of four new transmission lines totalling approximately 250 kilometres in length and two power substations to extract power from offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea.

Stations and lines are also planned to be built to extract power from nuclear power plants. Additionally, existing infrastructure is planned to undergo modernisation, including the so-called “northern rail,” covering the linear route of Krajnik – Morzyczyn – Dunowo Słupsk – Żarnowiec – Gdańsk I – Gdańsk Błonia.

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