PKN Orlen to study enviro impact, wind conditions for 1.2-GW Baltic Sea park

Offshore wind park. Author: Tim Collins. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic.

January 11 (Renewables Now) - Baltic Power, a unit of Polish oil refiner PKN Orlen (WAR:PKN), will conduct environmental and wind surveys for an up to 1.2-GW wind project in the Baltic Sea.

In a press release on Wednesday, the Polish firm said it has signed an agreement with a consortium comprising Polish seabed survey firm MEWO SA and the Maritime Institute of Gdansk to help it in the process of obtaining an environmental permit and determining the production potential of the offshore wind farm.

PKN Orlen holds a licence to install up to 1.2 GW of wind turbine capacity in the Baltic Sea, which it secured back in 2012.

The offshore wind potential of the Polish portion of the Baltic Sea is estimated at over 8 GW. PKN Orlen noted that preparations for building offshore wind parks are among its strategic development plans for the coming years, adding that low-emission power production will be regarded as a priority as renewable energy sources continue to gain prominence.

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