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Polish Region’s Report Focused on Maritime Sector Spotlights Offshore Wind

A new report from Invest in Pomerania, a Polish investment promotion initiative in the Pomerania region, has been published with a focus on the region’s maritime sector and, within it, the region’s growing offshore wind industry and supply chain capabilities have taken centre stage.

“When we decided that the subject of the next FOCUS ON report would be the maritime sector, we faced the difficult task of defining this capacious term in detail. As a result of further analyses and discussions with our experts, we have selected several sectors of the maritime economy that are crucial for the Pomeranian economy. They include: (1) ship and offshore structure design and engineering services; (2) shipbuilding sector and (3) offshore wind energy sector”, the report reads.

The report notes that businesses in the region are already actively working in the offshore wind supply chain and that the number of companies in this field will steadily increase as local suppliers acquire new competencies and as direct foreign investment, which is already taking place in the region, continues.

The Pomeranian maritime sector that is connected to the offshore wind industry is currently mostly concentrated around Gdansk, where the offshore wind industry is setting up offices, factories, and looking at the area for the construction of upcoming projects.


“Gdańsk is already the largest container port on the Baltic Sea and our shipyards design and build specialized ships using the most modern and innovative technologies”, Mieczysław Struk, Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship, is cited as saying in the report.

“Soon, the specialization of the regional economy will also include offshore wind energy, the development of which will contribute to the energy transformation of the country. I am convinced that Pomeranian companies with their competences and experience will actively participate in the development of this sector”.

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The region is also seeing growth in offshore wind investments in other cities as developers and their main suppliers prepare for building and operating offshore wind farms in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea.

In Łeba and Ustka alone, several developers now plan to establish operations and maintenance (O&M) bases for their projects.

Last year, Baltic Power, the joint venture between PKN Orlen and Canadian Northland Power, signed a deal to lease a site in the Port of Łeba to build an O&M base that will serve the 1.2 GW Baltic Power offshore wind farm. In 2021, Equinor acquired a site at the port to serve as the O&M base for the Polish offshore wind projects the company is developing together with Polenergia.

PGE Baltica and RWE will base their O&M facilities in Ustka. PGE Group plans to build an operations and maintenance centre for its future offshore wind projects, as well as a competence centre, there. RWE has selected Ustka for its 350 MW F.E.W. Baltic II offshore wind farm, and also sees it as supporting further projects the company has planned in Poland.

The new report from Invest in Pomerania expects further growth of the offshore wind industry and investments in the region as both global and Polish offshore wind development continue to roll out and grow further.

With the first wind farms to be built at the shoal area near Słupsk and further projects to be built out after that, the national industry will gain a foothold that will support Polish targets.

The report states that the Fit For 55 package of legislative changes positively stimulates the potential of Polish offshore wind capacity, which is estimated at 5.9 GW by 2030 and 11 GW by 2040, and that the market is waiting for the regulators’ next steps on which further development of the sector will depend.

Local companies can make up for half of the content in the construction and operation stage of the first phase of offshore wind projects in Poland, according to estimates by the Ministry of Development.

“From investors’ point of view, the development of offshore wind projects on the Polish coast of the Baltic Sea depends on the predictability and stability of the regulatory environment. At the same time, the efficient implementation of these projects will increase the chances of including domestic companies in the global supply chain”, the report cites Michał Kołodziejczyk, CEO at Equinor Polska, as saying.

Furthermore, the report’s look into shipbuilding and the maritime sector has identified, among other things, Pomerania’s strong position to produce low-emission and specialised vessels for offshore wind.

Source: Invest in Pomerania, FOCUS ON Maritime Report 2023

The local ship design industry has pointed out to Invest in Pomerania that European shipbuilding projects, unlike those built in East Asia, are characterised by a high degree of complexity and specialisation of the vessels, including autonomous and low-emission solutions and specialised vessels such as those specially built for the construction or servicing of offshore wind farms.

The report here highlighted that, in this regard, Pomeranian design and engineering offices already operate in the market niche of specialist vessels.

“The development of the offshore wind energy sector determines specific needs in terms of specialized vessels and offshore structures. There are many indications that they may become the specialization of Pomeranian design and engineering offices”.

Looking at support for offshore wind development and the industry in Pomerania, the region has its own initiative, the Pomeranian Offshore Wind Energy Platform, established by the local government of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. The initiative aims to coordinate activities around offshore wind projects in Poland to create a strong offshore wind industry hub in Pomerania and gathers 118 entities, including developers, suppliers of offshore wind farm components and services, research, academic, training and business environment institutions.

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