January 31 (Renewables Now) - Two offshore wind projects with a combined capacity of 2.5 GW in the Polish Baltic Sea have secured environmental permits and their developer, PGE Group, can now proceed with the technical design.
The Regional Director for Environmental Protection in Gdańsk has issued a decision on the environmental aspects of the Baltica 2 and Baltica 3 wind farms on January 24, PGE announced earlier this week. The Polish energy group said it is now possible to produce first power as early as 2026.
Ørsted A/S (CPH:ORSTED) is expected to acquire 50% stakes in the two special purpose vehicles (SPVs) for the projects -- Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-3 sp. z o.o. and Elektrownia Wiatrowa Baltica-2 sp z o.o. The Danish offshore wind major and PGE have been working out details of their cooperation since the autumn of 2019.
Baltica 3 has a grid connection agreement with Polish transmission system operator (TSO) PSE for 1,045 MW of capacity, while Baltica 2 is in the process of securing one for 1,498 MW. PGE said the two parks will be producing enough power for up to 4 million homes annually, offsetting roughly 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.