Polska Grupa Energetyczna is looking for a location for an installation port for wind farms in the Baltic Sea.
Polska Grupa Energetyczna is preparing to build an installation port for the construction of wind farms in the Baltic Sea. There are also plans to build ships for transporting elements. So far, all aspects of this investment are being analyzed. The company itself admits that due to the distance from offshore wind farms – the ports in Gdańsk and Gdynia have the greatest potential. Although PGE is also in talks with the local authorities of Ustka and Łeba.
PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna and Ørsted signed an agreement to establish a 50/50 joint venture, the purpose of which will be the development, construction and operation of two offshore wind projects in the Baltic Sea with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. The estimated cost of Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 Wind Farms is within the limits PLN 30-40 billion.
The partners want to invest in the project finance formula. Both PGE projects are eligible for participation in 2021 in the first phase of the operation of the support system for offshore wind energy in Poland. The most advanced of the projects is the Baltica 3 project, which it can start produce electricity in 2026.
A fleet of units to service wind farms will be created
Polska Grupa Energetyczna emphasizes that it cares about the involvement of domestic entities in the investment – the process of preparation, construction and operation of wind farms and the construction of ships to service the farms themselves.
– PGE analyzes the market in terms of potential suppliers among Polish companies. At the present stage, we do not indicate specific entities yet – he explains Małgorzata Babska, PGE spokesman. – For the construction of offshore wind farms, a whole fleet of specialized marine units will also be needed: construction vessels (HLJV), cable carriers (CLV), auxiliary units (OSV). Polish design offices have experience in their design, and Polish shipyards – in their construction.
Location of PGE offshore wind farms.
Tricity as a PGE installation port?
– We do not assume that the installation port will not be built in Poland. We will mobilize all stakeholders to make a decision about the construction. The decision about the port must be made quickly – he said Wojciech Dąbrowski, president of the management board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna during a videoconference.
So far, however, no final decisions have been made regarding the location of the installation port.
Investments in offshore wind farms create opportunities for the development of many industries in the supply chain. The port infrastructure is a key element required to build offshore wind farms. In order to properly prepare for the construction of farms, logistic facilities are necessary for the storage and prefabrication of elements onshore, and then the turbines are transported by ships and placed on the seabed. This key role will be played by the ports and the so-called installation vessels – explains Małgorzata Babska. – They will be the focal point of the supply chain, having a significant impact on the efficiency and timeliness of the offshore turbine installation process. Why? For a simple reason – the closer the installation port is located, the lower the costs and the shorter the process of transporting individual elements of the farm structure will be. However, it will be necessary to expand the quay and basins of potential installation ports.
Ports in Gdańsk and Gdynia with the greatest potential
PGE Baltica, a PGE Group company, has already analyzed the possibility of cooperation with all Polish ports.
– Bearing in mind their potential, the possibility of expansion and the key aspect – proximity to the sea areas allocated to PGE for the construction of farms. Due to the latter criterion – distance from offshore wind farms – the ports of Gdańsk and Gdynia have the greatest potential. PGE is also in talks with the local authorities of Ustka and Łeba – adds Babska.
The PGE Capital Group is planning three offshore wind farms in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea (Baltica 3 and 2 by 2030, Baltica 1 – after 2030). Their total maximum power will be approximately 3.5 GW.