Poland’s biggest oil and gas company, PKN Orlen, will sign a contract with a technical consultancy company for its offshore wind project in the Polish sector of the Baltic Sea by the end of July, according to Rzeczpospolita.
On 22 March, PKN Orlen announced a tender for the development of a preliminary technical concept to determine the options for preparing and implementing a project involving the construction of offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea.
The company holds a licence for a maximum offshore wind capacity of 1,200MW.
According to Rzeczpospolita, the tender call was answered by 20 companies, among which is Denmark-headquartered K2 Management, which recently opened an office in Poland.
At the beginning of 2018, the Foundation for Sustainable Energy (FNEZ) stated that Poland could have 4GW of installed offshore wind capacity in the Baltic Sea by the end of 2030 and 8GW by the end of 2035.
According to FNEZ’s analyses as part of the Baltic Energy for Poland 2025 program, offshore energy can play a key role in ensuring energy security for the country in the period between 2025 to 2035 in conjunction with a parallel development of gas power sources at approximately 4GW and construction of a transnational offshore grid interconnection with a 2-3GW capacity.
FNEZ also highlighted that Polish industry has the capacity to supply nearly all components for offshore wind farms, with the exception of turbines.
Offshore WIND Staff