Orsted and PGE have filed for seabed acreage near the 2.5GW Baltica offshore wind farm project off the coast of Poland.
Earlier this week, the pair submitted an application to the Ministry of Infrastructure for the 45.E.1 site on awica Supska, a 17-square-kilometer territory right adjacent to the wind farm zone in the Baltic Sea, about 32 kilometres from the shore.
“Together with PGE, we are applying for a seabed lease area, which is relatively small, but is well located to be added to the already developed acreage of 320 sq. km where we will build the 2.5 GW Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, which will be one of the largest offshore wind farms in our global portfolio.” said Rasmus Errboe, Orsted’s head of region continental Europe.
“The location we are applying for, complements the acreage of the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, the largest offshore wind farm being built in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.” said PGE head of the management board Wojciech Dbrowski.
“Over the next five years, we will commission the Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 stages with a total capacity of approx. 2.5 GW.”
“Obtaining a permit for an area of approx. 17 sq. km will allow us to achieve synergy with the Baltica 2 project and guarantee maximizing the use of this part of the Baltic Sea, and ultimately will ensure an increase in green electricity production.”
The first stage of the wind farm complex, the 1GW Baltica 3, is scheduled to go online in 2026, with the 1.5GW Baltica 2 set to be finished in 2027.
Both sections of the Baltica project have secured location licences, environmental permits, transmission network connection agreements with the operator, and the right to a contract for difference.
PGE plans to secure the environmental permission for the transmission system in 2022, as well as work on securing building permits, bringing the project closer to a Final Investment Decision.
In the Polish part of the Baltic Sea, there are currently 11 reservoirs available for PGE and Orsted, as well as other businesses, to apply for placement permits.
The smallest of these sites, which PGE and Orsted are presently applying for, covers 17 square kilometres, while the largest covers up to 150 square kilometres.