September 5 (Renewables Now) - Polish energy companies PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA (WSE:PGE) and PKN Orlen (WAR:PKN) have signed a letter of intent (LoI) outlining details of a planned offshore wind cooperation.
Working together, the companies seek to speed up the progress of offshore wind in Poland.
The LoI signing happened during the Economic Forum in Krynica, PGE said today. Under the contract, PGE and PKN will evaluate Poland’s preparedness for its first offshore wind capacities, including the readiness of Polish ports to handle wind construction activity and the requirements for the supply of materials and services. The operation and maintenance (O&M) options are also on the list.
The companies will be sharing know-how and data, and working to ensure that Polish components have a high share in the offshore wind energy supply chain. They may also partner in the design and construction of connection infrastructure in consultation with the transmission system operator (TSO).
PGE noted that it is continuing with the process of selecting a partner for its offshore wind project which should be concluded by the end of 2019. Its call from the end of 2018 for a 50/50 joint venture partner for 2.55 GW of Baltic wind farms whetted the appetite of some 13 companies in the first weeks after its release. PKN Orlen too wants to have a strategic partner with experience in offshore wind.