RWE Applies for All 11 Offshore Wind Areas Offered in Poland

RWE has submitted applications for location permits for all the eleven areas the Polish Government has offered for offshore wind development since the application period opened for the first sites in 2021.

The Germany-based company said that by applying for all the eleven areas it wanted to strengthen its presence and continue the process of energy transition in Poland, and that it was ready to invest in all eleven areas.

According to information available at the beginning of last month, RWE had submitted a total of six applications by April.

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The areas the Polish Government is offering are dedicated to development of offshore wind farms of a combined capacity of 10 GW, as well as energy islands.

RWE is not the only major developer to submit one or more applications for offshore location licenses in the Polish Baltic Sea.

Polish energy companies PKN Orlen and PGE separately submitted multiple applications back in February, and PGE has also applied, together with Ørsted, for an area adjacent to their Baltica offshore wind project.

SSE Renewables is bidding for a site together with Acciona Energia, and TotalEnergies has teamed up with KGHM, a Polish state-owned mining corporation, to jointly participate in the tender.

According to the Polish Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, Marek Gróbarczyk, the Government has received 125 applications so far.

In February 2021, Poland signed into law the Offshore Act which regulates the development of offshore wind farms in the Polish Baltic Sea.

The legislation allows for 10.9 GW of offshore wind capacity to be either operational or under development by 2027.

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Photo: Illustration; Photo source: RWE