Permit for PGE Baltica to develop offshore area for offshore wind farms
The Ministry of Infrastructure on Monday granted PGE Baltica a permit for the development of one of the areas in the Baltic Sea designated for offshore wind farms, the Ministry of Infrastructure announced on Monday.
As the ministry explained, four bidders competed in the adjudication procedure for the issuance of a permit for the erection and use of artificial islands, structures and equipment in the area designated 43.E.1, for the construction of an offshore wind farm. The highest number of points was awarded to PGE Baltica, in which PGE has just over 55 per cent of shares, with the remainder held by Tauron.
As emphasised by PGE President Wojciech Dąbrowski, obtaining the highest number of points in the proceedings is tantamount to PGE obtaining a permit for the development of area 43.E.1. He pointed out that this area is close to PGE’s other offshore wind projects and the service port in Ustka, which is under construction, which will allow us to take advantage of the synergy effect and the scale of our operations.
– This gives us an advantage and differentiates us from our competitors, as it allows us to shorten processes and optimise the costs of many project tasks. This permit, in addition to the three ongoing offshore wind farm projects in the Baltic Sea with a total installed capacity of approximately 3.4 GW, is another step towards achieving the PGE Group’s strategic goal of having at least 6.5 GW of installed generation capacity in the Baltic Sea by 2040. – Dabrowski said in a published commentary.
The Ministry of Infrastructure also announced on Monday the outcome of the proceedings for another offshore area. None of the applicants reached the qualifying minimum in the criterion of proposed permit durations, including start and end dates for construction and operation of the wind farm. Given the current regulations, it is not possible to develop a feasible implementation schedule for a project that would be granted a permit in 2022 or 2023. – indicated the ministry, declaring the proceedings inconclusive.