Poland's climate minister sees potential for more offshore wind

Warsaw will examine where the country can increase its offshore wind capacity, says the minister.
Photo: Patrick Pleul/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
Photo: Patrick Pleul/AP/Ritzau Scanpix
by MARKETWIRE, translated by kristoffer grønbæk

11GW of offshore wind are already on the drawing board in Poland, but the country’s capacity potential is certainly bigger, and a new assessment is thus required to launch further offshore wind site designation procedures as quickly as possible.

So said Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa during a recent press briefing, reports news agency Polska Agencja Prasowa. Moskwa added that the ministry would like to take up the matter in order to ”quickly announce further procedures” for offshore wind locations.

11GW of offshore wind capacity in the Polish Baltic Sea is part of the nation’s energy policy towards 2040, with the target now set for revision, writes the news agency, which also points out that offshore wind locations are granted by the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Danish utility Ørsted is present in Poland via a partnership with utility PGE, through which offshore wind farms Baltica 2 and 3 are under development. Ørsted also cooperates with Polish Ze Pak on developing offshore wind farms in the country’s waters.

Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas also has activities in the country. In October, Vestas announced plans to establish a new factory in collaboration with Szczecin after Vestas had won a conditional order of providing 76 V236-15.0 MW wind turbines for the Baltic Power Offshore project.

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