PKN Orlen has commenced geological surveys at its offshore wind farm license area in the Polish Baltic Sea.
The vessel sailed from the port of Gdansk to carry out the surveys at the circa 131km2 area located some 23km from the coast which will accommodate up to 1.2GW of offshore wind.
The collected soil samples will be used to create a preliminary turbine placement plan and to pre-determine the optimal type and size of turbine foundations.
The duration of the work depends on the weather conditions in the Baltic Sea, PKN Orlen said.
According to PKN Orlen’s Executive Director for Energy, Jarosław Dybowski, environmental tests and wind measurements are also being carried out at the site.
Baltic Power, part of PKN Orlen, deployed a floating LiDAR at the offshore wind farm license area in April to study environmental impacts and wind conditions.