Three gigawatts of power from Equinor and Polenergia wind farms in the Baltic Sea

– Offshore wind energy is one of the pillars of Poland’s energy security and it is in the national interest for it to accelerate, emphasised Michał Jerzy Kołodziejczyk, president of Equinor in Poland, during the PWEA 2024 conference in Świnoujście.

In April this year. Equinor and Polenergia applied for an environmental decision for the connection infrastructure of the offshore wind farm (OWF) Baltic I, which is being prepared to participate in the 2025 auction. It is the project of the largest wind farm with a capacity of up to 1560 MW and at the same time the most advanced project of the so-called second phase of offshore wind energy development in Poland.

MWF Bałtyk I will be located about 80 km from the coastline. Power will flow from it via cables to land, to the connection point at the Polish Power Grid Krzemienica substation under construction in the Redzikowo municipality. The planned onshore power evacuation will be implemented partly (in the northern part of the course) in the direct vicinity of the corridor designated for the connection infrastructure of the offshore wind farms Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III. One landfall location using trenchless technology is envisaged for all three wind farms.

Equinor and Polenergia are jointly developing three offshore wind farms. Baltic I, Baltic II and Baltic III will have a combined capacity of up to 3 GW, allowing more than four million households to be supplied with green energy. The two more advanced projects, Baltic II and Baltic III, are scheduled to come online in 2027. They will have a total capacity of 1440 MW and already have suppliers of key components contracted.

– The green energy that will flow from all three offshore wind farms will provide stable renewable energy for more than 4 million households, says Michał Jerzy Kołodziejczyk, CEO of Equinor in Poland.

– The proximity of the cables bringing power from all three of our projects will significantly shorten the investment process, make it easier and cheaper. In the implementation of the Bałtyk I wind farm, we will benefit from the best practices developed in the design of the Bałtyk II and Bałtyk III wind farms. This applies not only to synergies in the area of cable routing, but also to the built supply chain, the acquisition and training of future personnel, or relations with residents and local administration, which are very important to us,” emphasises Jerzy Zan, CEO of Polenergia S.A.

This year will see the start of construction work on the service base in Łeba, which, as a logistics and operations centre, will be responsible for the safe and proper functioning of offshore wind farms for 30 years of their operation.


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