Mining Giant and TotalEnergies to Jointly Bid in Polish Offshore Wind Auction

TotalEnergies and KGHM, a Polish state-owned mining corporation, signed a partnership to participate on a 50/50 basis in the Polish government tender for the development of offshore wind projects.

The Polish government has launched a new auction scheme covering eleven areas in the Baltic Sea, representing an expected total capacity of over 10 GW.

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If awarded one or more wind farms, the partners said they will mobilize the best resources to develop these projects to the highest standards and delivery times, with a high level of local content, thereby boosting the local industry, creating jobs in Poland and contributing to the supply of green electricity at a competitive price.

”The development of offshore wind contributes both to the Europe’s energy transition and supply security. With favorable weather conditions, Poland is particularly well positioned to participate in the growth of this promising market,” said Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman & CEO of TotalEnergies.

”We are delighted to partner with KGHM to respond to Polish offshore wind tenders. Together, we will mobilize all our expertise to meet the challenges of these projects and thus contribute to Poland’s renewable energy goals.”

TotalEnergies is already developing a portfolio of offshore wind projects with a total capacity of more than 10 GW, of which two-thirds are bottom-fixed and one-third are floating. The company has also been qualified to participate in competitive tenders in the US, UK and France, and will also participate in tenders in Norway and Poland.

KGHM posseses a portfolio of mining projects across the globe and employs 34,000 people. The company has production plants in Europe, South, and North America, and focuses on the extraction of ores, production of copper and other non-ferrous metals.

”In KGHM’s strategy we declared the achievement of climate neutrality by 2050,” said Marcin Chludziński, President of the Management Board of KGHM Polska Miedź S.A.

”We are past the stage of planning and are involved in concrete actions. We are engaged in the process of acquiring several onshore and offshore projects. We have also submitted preliminary applications for the next round of permits in the Baltic. Cooperation with a French partner on an offshore wind farm project appears to be highly promising.”

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