PGE and Ørsted granted with a new seabed area for development in the Baltic Sea
– The new location complements the area designated for the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, which will be the largest power plant currently under construction in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea. It is adjacent to the area where Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 of total 2.5 GW will be built. The development of the new seabed area will allow for synergy effects and will guarantee us the maximization of the use of this part of the Baltic Sea, and ultimately will ensure an increase in the production of green electricity – commented Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna.
- Offshore wind energy is a developed technology that enables the construction of large-scale wind farms. The capacity of the largest currently operating unit is over 1.2 GW. In this context, Baltica 2+ - as we jointly named the project in the new area - is small, but very important. Its location conditions show many potential technical synergies with the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm currently under development by JV partners - Agata Staniewska-Bolesta, Managing Director of Ørsted Offshore Poland.
PGE and Ørsted plan to develop up to 210 MW of generation capacity in the 45.E.1. area. The project was tentatively named Baltica 2+. The seabed area is about 17 sq. km and is located about 32 km from the shore. The permit was applied for jointly by PGE and Ørsted which create a joint-venture.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna is the largest electric power company and supplier of electricity and heat in Poland. By combining its fuel and power generation resources and having distribution networks, PGE guarantees safe and stable supply of electricity and heat to more than 5 million customers. The PGE Group’s generating units produce over 40 percent of electricity in Poland. With 7 percent of installed wind farm capacity in Poland. The PGE Group is the country’s largest renewable electricity company. The plan for the coming years is to continue to develop renewable energy sources – especially based on wind and sun energy. PGE is a leader in the change in Polish energy. In its strategy, the PGE Group outlined its Group transformation plan and route to decarbonization of manufacturing and announced its objective to achieve climate neutrality by 2050. The PGE Group’s investment plan covers the country’s largest investment in offshore wind power plants. The PGE Group’s Offshore Program is to build Baltica Offshore Wind Farm, which runs in two stages – Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, with a total installed capacity of up to 2.5 GW by 2030. Then, after 2030, Baltica 1 project will join the Group’s portfolio. According to the strategy, PGE Group intends to have at least 6.5 GW of offshore generation capacity by 2040.
The Ørsted vision is a renewable-only world. The Danish-born company is today in more than a dozen markets, from the United States of America to the European countries to Asia. Poland is one of the key markets for Ørsted, which has been operating for over 10 years now with over 650 employees (approx. 8,000 worldwide). The Baltica Sea Wind Farm with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea is part of the recently updated Ørsted ambition to reach 30 GW in offshore wind energy by 2030. Ørsted, which has 30 years of experience in the realization and development of offshore wind farms, currently has approx. 12 GW of power installed in this technology worldwide. In addition to offshore wind farms, the company develops, builds, and operates onshore wind farms, solar farms, energy storage and bioelectric plants, and supplies energy products to its customers. We are on the CDP Climate Change List and as a global leader in climate action. In 2022, the group's revenue was DKK 132.3 billion (EUR 17.8 billion).
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